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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 picture link to see the list of Soldiers who served at Fort Madison
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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 include performing military drills and musket firing. 

Annual Special Events
Listed below are the annual special events that happen at Old Fort Madison.  Each event gives visitors a unique understanding of what life was like for the frontier soldiers who were deployed to Old Fort Madison from 1808 to 1813.

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 (17 & Up) $8.00
Military Rate $7.00
Children (ages 6-16) $3.50
Children (ages 5 years and under) Free

Group Rates Fee
Schools/Day Cares (Lee County) Per Child: $1.00 
Teachers/Chaperones  Free (1 to 5 Ratio)
All Others: $7.00 
Schools/Day Cares Per Child: $2.50            
Teachers/Chaperones Free (1 to 5 Ratio)
All Others $7.00 
Adult Groups  Per Person: $7.00 
Family Rate (2 Adults & 2 or more children)  $20.00 

Old Fort Madison Receives
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Foundation Grant

Old Fort Madison Site Manager Dr. Eugene Watkins applied for and received a MidWestOne Bank Foundation grant to help with much needed repairs at the Old Fort.  The grant was for $15,000 and will be payable over a three (3) year period ($5,000 per year).  MidWestOne Bank is committed to being an integral part of the communities they are located in.  The MidWestOne Foundation was created to provide financial support for their communities.  The Foundation provides support for the arts, education, wellness, recreation, civic services, any endeavors that serve the cultural well-being and benefit the greater good of their communities.  The Foundation meets quarterly to review applications.  Thank You MidWestOne Bank Foundation and Congratulations Dr. Watkins!

Old Fort Commission Looking For New Members
The City of Fort Madison currently has two (2) openings on the Old Fort Commission. If you are interested in serving on this commission please download the application at the bottom and submit it to:
Attentions:  City Clerk
Fort Madison City Hall
811 Avenue E, PO Box 240
Fort Madison, IA  52627

Application Details
The application process is an effort to ensure diversity and representation of our community.  Submit completed applications at the Office of the City Clerk during regular business hours of 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. All applicants must be at least 18 years of age. These are uncompensated positions. All applications are subject to the open records laws of the State of Iowa.

Old Fort Commission Application

Duties & Responsibilities



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