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Old Fort Madison
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About the Fort

Come step back in time at historic Old Fort Madison, Iowa, the Midwest's oldest American military garrison on the upper Mississippi River.

Discover what life was like at a United States fur trading post on the rugged frontier of the Missouri Territory. Learn the exciting heritage of Iowa before it was a state and of its involvement in the War of 1812.

This historic installation was home to Captain Horatio Stark's Company of the First Regiment, United States Infantry, from 1808 to 1813.

Click on the following link to see the list of Soldiers who served at Fort Madison

U.S. Regulars at Fort Madison

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. Visitors are encouraged to partake of the past with hands-on experiences such as trying a fresh-baked morsel, dipping a candle, handling a Springfield musket, or just interacting with the interpreters.

Ask about season tickets! Group tours can be scheduled year-round. For more information or to schedule a tour, please call the Fort Madison Tourism/Marketing office at (319) 372-7700 x 274.

Single Rates Fee
Adults $6.45
Children (ages 6-16) $3.25
Children (ages 5 years and under) Free

Group Rates Fee
School / Day Care Per Child: $2.50
Teacher / Instructor: Free
Adult Groups Per Person: $5.50
Family Rate: $17.25 includes 2 adults and 2 or more children

Dr. Eugene Watkins
Dr. Eugene Watkins

Site Manager
Ph: (319) 372-7700 x 275
Fax: (319) 372-8661

Old Fort Madison
716 Riverview Drive
Fort Madison, IA 52627
Ph: (319) 372-6318

June/July/August Hours
Wednesday - Sunday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

May & September (Weekends Only)
9:00 am - 5:00 pm