|Forts Folle Avoine Historical Park
is located near Danbury, Wisconsin on 80 wooded acres along the Yellow River. The park is a living history site with fur trade posts reconstructed at the actual site known to be active from 1802 to 1805. Adjacent to the Forts
is a re-created Woodland Indian Village.
The park, a National Register of Historic Places
site, is operated by the Burnett County Historical Society with support from its membership
and Burnett County. Visitors in the recent past included folks from near and far-not only from diverse Wisconsin points-but also from some twenty-two other states! International visitors have come from Scotland, Bulgaria, France, United Kingdom, Denmark, Sweden and Norway; guest book comments consistently offer superlatives: "fantastic," "tremendous," "amazingly well presented!"
Over 40 years ago
, in 1969, the Yellow River trading posts
were re-discovered by Harris and Francis Palmer and Gene and Lafayette Connor. Through the extant journal of George Nelson, an XY Company clerk, researchers were able to locate the site and begin excavating.
The Folle Avoine site is unique
for several reasons: the exact place of the wintering posts was found, the posts had been undisturbed for over 200 years allowing archeologists a pure site to investigate, and two competing companies were at the same location. During the 1970s and 1980s, the Wisconsin State Historical Society conducted archeological studies. Charred remains provided evidence and enabled reconstruction of the wintering posts exactly as they were over two hundred years ago!
We are pleased to announce that "A Wisconsin Fur Trader's Journal, 1803-4"
by Michel Curot
, the XY Company clerk, is now available at our Gift Shop! Click on publications
for details. The Gift Shop also offers "My First Years in the Fur Trade - The Journals of 1802 - 1804"
written by George Nelson, also an XY Company clerk!
Forts Folle Avoine Historical Park
has been open to the public since 1989. Tours
by period-dressed guides are offered Wednesdays through Sundays, from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day and then weekends in September. The Gift Shop
and Visitor Center
are open winter months limited hours Tuesday through Friday, 10 am to 3 pm, call before visiting
. Exhibits within the Visitor Center include an annotated display of original artifacts from the fur-trade site, a fine display of regional Native American items, a photographic chronology of the re-discovery of the fur trade posts, as well as photographs of various events and activities held at Forts Folle Avoine in previous years.
provides educational opportunities to the public
by researching, preserving and teaching the history of Burnett County
In support of our mission, various activities are scheduled throughout the year. Click on calendar
to learn more! Support for these extraordinary events is given by the many sponsors throughout our business community. In addition, our enthusiastic corps of volunteers
and historical society members
give generously of their time, talents and resources. The 2014 Season offers diverse events as well as special programs and classes
that will entertain and enrich all in attendance.
Be sure to include these places in your visit, too!
FORTS FOLLE AVOINE HISTORICAL PARK IS OPERATED BY THE BURNETT COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY