Old Fort Madison

Come step back in time at Old Fort Madison, Iowa!  Old Fort Madison is an interpretive center, period specific replica fort of the 1st Infantry's trading post established in 1808 along the Mississippi River.  Discover what life was like at a United States fur trading post on the rugged frontier of the Wisconsin Territory. Learn the exciting heritage of Iowa before it was a state and of its involvement in the War of 1812.This historically accurate installation depicts the home to Captain Horatio Stark's Company of the First Regiment, United States Infantry, from 1808 to 1813.

Wander through the authentically reconstructed buildings to experience a day in the life of the men, women, and children who inhabited this factory post. Be greeted by authentically garbed historic interpreters performing the duties that were necessary to sustain life at an isolated fort.  Daily duties can range from baking bread to performing military drills and musket firing. 

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Latitude: 40.62877 Longitude: -91.311059 Elevation: 528 ft
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Seasons Open

Open June thru August - Wednesday thru Sunday & Weekends in May & September.

Hours Open

9 am to 5 pm


17 & older - $8.00 6 - 16 - $3.50 5 & under - Free Special rates for military, groups, schools, etc.

Accessibility Notes

Gift shop and military parade grounds are handicapped accessible.  Please call for further information.

Pet Friendly Notes

Service Dogs are welcome.  

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Contact Information

Jean Peiton - City of Fort Madison Office of Marketing
319-372-7700 Ext. 27
1-800-210 8687
319-372-8661 (Fax)
811 Avenue E
PO Box 240
Fort Madison, IA 52627 US
Eugene Watkins - City of Fort Madison Director of Old Fort Madison
319-372-770 ext. 275
319-372-866` (Fax)
811 Avenue E
PO Box 240
Fort Madison, IA 52627 US


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