Fort Connah Restoration Society

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Twice a year, in the spring and fall, the Fort Connah Restoration Society hosts the gathering, called a historical “Rendezvous” or trading fair re-enactment based on the those events of the early fur trade era. Complete with target shooting, fur trading, hide tanning, bullet making and the like, the fun and frolic did not deter event organizers from their main mission — spreading the word and asking for help in funding the historical site’s restoration.

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The site of Fort Connah is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Fort Connah was a Hudson’s Bay Trading Post established in 1846. One of the three original buildings still remains and is believed to be the oldest standing building in Montana. The fort was active from 1846 to 1871.

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Another cabin has been moved onto the property and renovated for administrative purposes, historical artifacts and displays. An 1870s log cabin-building has also been moved to Fort Connah for renovation. These two cabins and the original building will replicate the buildings that once made-up the original trading post.

Semi-annual rendezvous gatherings happen the first weekend in May (Fort Connah Spring Rendezvous) and September the weekend after Labor Day (Fort Connah Fall Rendezvous). A black powder shooting range is now complete and ready for use. The Fort Connah Restoration Society is planning a visitor center and small museum. The Society has a display with Hudson’s Bay Co. artifacts at the Ninepipes Museum of Early Montana.

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