Museum of the Waxhaws event focuses on War of 1812

South Charlotte News
Monday, Jun. 11, 2012
By John Anderson
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Arthur Lightbody of Waxhaw will again assume the persona of Andrew Jackson on June 16 when the Museum of the Waxhaws presents a “Living History Day” celebrating the Bicentennial of the War of 1812.

The Museum of the Waxhaws is featuring a “living history day” focused on the bicentennial anniversary of the War of 1812.

The event is June 16, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the museum.

Among the interesting events planned for the day is the opportunity to talk with Andrew Jackson, who will be portrayed by Waxhaw’s Arthur Lightbody. You can get his take on the battle of New Orleans.

Miss Kitty Owens Wilson, a renowned slave re-enactor, will be on hand to reveal what life on the frontier was like for slaves in the early 19th century. And “The Brethren of Caroline Pirate Crewe” will be there to entertain and recollect the connection between Waxhaw’s local hero, Andrew Jackson, and the legendary pirate/privateer Jean Lafitte in the Battle of New Orleans.

Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors older than 60 and $2 for children ages 5-12.

My memory was cloudy on the War of 1812, so I went online to brush up. Here’s a short summary of what I learned.

The U.S. declared war on the British Empire in 1812 for several reasons. Fighting between Britain and France restricted trade. U.S. merchant sailors were forced to fight for the British navy. The empire backed American Indian tribes against U.S. expansion. I learned that the British used Indian allies while they were busy fighting Napoleon

Baby boomers have a slight edge on knowledge about the War of 1812 because Johnny Horton sang about the Battle of New Orleans in 1959. We also learned from hours glued to Disney’s “Davey Crockett” that Jackson had a hand in defeating the Creek Indians, although I never connected the two events as part of the same conflict.

Want to learn more?

Hear all about it at the museum on Saturday.

Fundraiser

The Waxhaw Arts Council will host a fundraiser at the newly renovated Ilios Noches Restaurant on June 28, 6-9 p.m. There will be a silent auction featuring donated items from area artists and merchants. I will give readers more detail on the Waxhaw Arts Council and its involvement with young artists in the local high schools in a future column.

If you are interested in attending the event, the deadline for reservations is June 20. You can reserve a spot by going to www.waxhawarts.org and using PayPal to purchase tickets at $50 per person, or you can send a check to The Waxhaw Arts Council, c/o Lambeth Marshall, 2307 Waxhaw Marvin Road, Waxhaw, 28173. Proceeds benefit the Waxhaw Arts Council and the future Waxhaw Junior Arts League.

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