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Heritage Canyon

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Raina P wrote a review Mar. 2020
Bettendorf, Iowa21 contributions7 helpful votes
I have been coming to heritage since i was a child. It is a nice hike, with 1800's styled outbuildings to view. You used to be able to actually go in to the buildings, but that has since changed. I recommend plenty of bug spray before venturing out! Plenty of neat photo ops, and a beautiful chapel that you can still rent for weddings!
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Jim723 wrote a review Dec. 2019
Fulton, Illinois133 contributions29 helpful votes
A fantastic reimagining of life long who set in a picturesque setting. Most buildings are partially accessible to view and provide a view into the history of Fulton.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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CBix wrote a review Oct. 2019
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Heritage Canyon is worth a visit especially during any events. We visited during their fall event and all the buildings were occupied with people in period costumes demonstrating cooking in a period kitchen, life in a log cabin and a house from the mid 1800’s which was built by a pioneer family from Pennsylvania in a rural location in the region, disassembled and reconstructed on the site, complete with plaster strengthened using human hair, a doctors office, beautiful little chapel, a working blacksmiths shop, print shop, one room schoolhouse, and more. The grounds are amazing in that the buildings are situated at various elevations in a relatively small area. The quarry where this is located is not simply a pit but a deep valley with smaller valleys and players within it. The enormous amount of work and effort required to construct the structures and move all the furnishings and heavy iron machinery on display is hard to imagine. We were not bothered at all by mosquitos in early Oct. The mosquitos mentioned by others might have been due to a partial flood in 2017. A condo development was built on land above the tall rock quarry walls at the far end of the canyon and a retaining pond built to control runoff. After a heavy rainstorm, the earth dam gave way and the lake water poured over the top of the quarry and down into the canyon resulting in about 2.5 ft of standing water in the area of the schoolhouse. It took a while for this water to eventually be absorbed and there are still some damp spots and a small pond at the far end of this area. This likely caused an increase in mosquitos as most of the site is shaded. Well worth a visit.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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mypom wrote a review Oct. 2019
Alpha, Illinois18 contributions2 helpful votes
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A very rustic place to explore. It is not handicapped accessible, so I went through the buildings by myself while my husband stayed up on the hill. Would recommend you stop to enjoy. He enjoyed the pictures I took.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Debi E wrote a review Mar. 2019
Fulton, Illinois33 contributions3 helpful votes
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Wierenga's Heritage Canyon is always an interesting and fun place to escape from the everyday hustle and bustle, but 2019 is about to kick off in the Canyon, and I can't wait! The Early American Settlers will be bringing this 1850's settlement to life for several regular events again this year, like Fulton's Dutch Days the first Friday & Saturday in May, Fall Festival the first weekend in October and their annual "Christmas in the Canyon" the first weekend in December. But NEW in 2019, is a Bluegrass Festival on June 8 starting a new annual event, and a Summer Nights event on Tuesday, August 13. I am looking forward to 2019 at Heritage Canyon, as I do every year, but this year is going to be even more special!
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Date of experience: March 2019
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