The Lewis and Clark State Historic Site Visitors Center a 14,000 square-foot facility, located at the Winter camp area of the expedition, will be the first site on the National Lewis and Clark Heritage Trail. A 55-foot full scale replica of the keel boat used by Lewis and Clark is the central exhibition. There are exhibits on Illinois and the entire expedition as well as a video in the facility's theatre.
The Visitors Center focuses on the often-untold Illinois story of Lewis and Clark. Exhibits discuss the preliminary information and knowledge gathered on the land west of the Mississippi River and the preparations, expectations and anticipations for the expedition.
The Lewis and Clark State Historic Site has been designated as the location for one of the National Signature Events for the commemoration of the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial. This national event will occur on May 14, 2004 and will mark the 200th anniversary of the beginning of the journey from Lewis and Clark's camp in Illinois. The Lewis and Clark State Historic Site is open for free public tours, and is administered by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency.
For more information about visiting Hartford and the surrounding area contact www.visitalton.com
From Springfield, IL
Take I-55 South to I-270 West. Follow I-270 for about 10 miles, get off at Illinois Route 3 North. Travel about 3 miles, we are at the first stoplight on the left.
From Downtown St. Louis
Take I-55 North to I-255. Take I-255 North about 7 miles, to the New Poag Rd. Exit (You will pass over I-270). Take a left(west) off the New Poag Rd. exit and travel about 3 miles. The road ends at the entrance to the site.
From St. Charles, MO
Get on I-270 East. Take the 1st Illinois exit once you cross the Mississippi River, (Illinois Route 3 North). Travel about 3 miles, we are at the first stoplight on the left.
The Lewis & Clark State Historic Site is open to the public, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Wednesday thru Sunday.
Visitors Center: 618-251-5811