Visit our Gift Shoppe

"Macktown Gardens" has the following seeds for sale.  They are $1 per package and proceeds help to support and maintain the gardens.

  • Blackberry Lily

  • Blue Flax

  • False Indigo

  • Columbine

  • Walking Onion

The items are for sale in our Gift Shoppe.  If no one is at the Gift Shoppe please call Lucy at

815-262-6863 for assistance.


Macktown Events

Hello everyone! Fall is here and it's APPLE TIME!

Come on out on the 11th from 2-4 PM and learn all about the old-time way to make applesauce and apple cider! You can see the equipment in action and observe how it works, and also learn what type of apples were used. Tastings of sauce and cider are the "icing" on this delicious event!

This is an outdoor event - however - we still kindly ask you folks to wear masks and maintain a 6 foot social distance to help keep everyone safe. Thank you, and see you there!

More About Second Sundays...

Second Sundays are brought to you by Macktown Living History. These Sundays are a family friendly way to present aspects of living on the site; both prehistoric and historic.


Reenactors, guest presenters and Macktown volunteers will present a variety of topics including aspects of archaeology, native culture, gardening, farming and fiber arts, to name but a few.


These Sundays will span the cultures from prehistoric times through 1850. Visitors Will be able to participate in many of the activities. The goal of Second Sundays is to help The public understand the history of the area.


The dates for the second Sundays for 2019 are listed above. Please note them on your calendar, watch for flyers and check our web site and Facebook page for updates.

We look forward to exploring the past with you every month of the year.  


Macktown History

On a forested bluff overlooking the Rock and Pecatonica Rivers in Rockton are the remnants of Winnebago County's earliest settlement. It was founded in the mid-1830's by Stephen Andrew Mack, Jr., and his wife, Mary Hononegah. Macktown, then known as Pekatonic, represents a time and place of change on the Illinois frontier when the fur trade collided with a progressive world.


In prosperous times, Pekatonic boasted of the Mack's two-story home and store, a furniture store, a school room, a shoemaker's shop, a tavern, a trading post, fur trapper's cabins, and other homes belonging to the population of 200-300. A ferry and bridge traversed the Rock River.


Following Mack's death in 1850 and the destruction of the bridge in 1851, the Macktown settlement area failed to thrive. The northern part of the settlement prospered and officially became known as Rockton in 1846 or 1847.


The Winnebago County Forest Preserve District, which owns the land on which Macktown and the trading post once sat, and the Macktown Living History Education Center have undertaken plans to restore Macktown to its 1830 - 1846 historic condition.



Donation & Membership


Help preserve local history & support living history education

You do not have to be a member of Macktown Living History to enjoy all the activities we sponsor, but membership comes with some great advantages.  All members will receive the Macktown Living History newsletter, free admission to events, tickets for "The Gathering" event (by request in advance), a 10% discount in the Museum Shop, as well as access to the Macktown Library with Checkout Privileges, and access to the annual membership meeting. [...not to mention, donations are tax-deductible!]

Settler - $25


Frontier  Family - $75
(2 Adults up to 6 children)

Pioneer Trader - $150
(4 Adults up to 6 Children, 5 Adults up to 5 Children or 6 Adults No Children)

Lifetime - $1,000


Contact Us

The buildings are open to visitors, schools, and groups by appointment, the grounds are open to enjoy during regular Macktown Forest Preserve hours.

Visit the Macktown Living History Education Center in the Macktown Forest Preserve located at: 2221 Freeport Road, Rockton, Illinois 61072.  For more information call us at 815.624.4200


or use the contact form >


Board of Directors

Steve Pomahac (President)


Ray A. Ferguson (Vice President)


Cindy Six (Treasurer)


Lucy Pilbin-Adrignola (Secretary)

Mike Bost


Ami Sommerfield                                             


Linda Meyer

Reid E. Ferguson


Rochelle Lurie


Molly Dillon