Stronghold Center is a four-season retreat and camping center, operated by the Presbytery of Blackhawk, Presbyterian Church (USA). Our facilities include wilderness cabins, a camping area, dining and meeting rooms, and seven retreat houses able to accommodate 6-56 guests. Located in Oregon, IL, the beauty of nature exists in a variety of environments, all along bluffs overlooking the Rock River.
Founded in 1963, Stronghold Center proudly continues to provide a variety of Christian and secular programming and events. Our unique programming includes summer camps for ages 6-18, challenge courses, and a Confirmation Retreat. In October, Stronghold hosts the annual Olde English Faire. Stronghold is also a great location for one-day seminars, business meetings and professional development programs, church picnics, and family reunions!
Armed Forces Weekend Commemoration
1st Annual WWII Battle Reenactment and Public Display
1945 the German Army is on the run! In the east the Russian Army has pushed back the Germans from Stalingrad into the heart of German.
In the west the British and Americans have forced the Germans to give up France and defend the Fatherland in Austria. The German Army is about to collapse, however they are not yet defeated, they are still very dangerous and heavy fighting is expected.
Join us at Stronghold Camp and Retreat Center and see history come to life. Members of the World War Two Historical Reenactment Society (WWIIHRS) will potray members of the German and Allied Forces which were involved in this conflict.
In addition to the two main battle reenactments held each day the WWIIHRS will reenact the "Battle for Castle Itter" using the Stronghold Castle site. Popular accounts of the battle have called it the "strangest" battle of World War II as it may have been the only battle in the War which American and German fought side by side.
Adults $10 Children (7-12) $5 Children (0-6) FREE
VINTAGE WWII AIRCRAFT FLYOVERS, HUNDREDS OF UNIFORMED RE-ENACTORS, ENCAMPMENTS AND LIVE BATTLE RENACTMENT, VINTAGE WWII TANKS, JEEPS AND MOTORCYCLES, PERIOD USO SHOW (this is a ticketed event), ACTIVITIES FOR ALL AGES, FOOD AND BEVERAGES AVAILABLE