March 12, 2014
Fort Mims will host an event Saturday and Sunday, March 15 and 16, commemorating the bicentennial of the War of 1812 and the story of Fort Montgomery, the fort built to serve this area after Fort Mims was destroyed during the Fort Mims Massacre in 1813.
The two-day event will include the Fort Montgomery Militia, Andrew Jackson, artifacts from the University of South Alabama’s excavation of Fort Montgomery and reenactments of the skirmishes between militia, settlers and the Creek Indians.
Those who attend will be treated to rides in period wagons; a display of medicinal plants of Tensas country; crafters including blacksmiths, skinners, basket makers and cloth weavers; and living history encampments.
These encampments give the visitor a detailed view of the life the first settlers in this area lived and some ideas of the similarities and differences between South Alabama’s new residents in the early1800’s and the Native Americans who resided in this area for generations.
Events begin at 9 a.m. Saturday with the opening ceremony and flag raising, followed by period music and a speakers forum which includes General Jackson. The day ends with the Bashi Creek Ambush reenactment at 2 p.m..
Sunday begins with a flag raising at 9 a.m., followed by a church service on the grounds at 10 a.m. The speakers forum begins at 11 a.m. and reenactments start at 2 p.m.
Fort Mims is located in Tensaw, Alabama. Take Highway 59 north from Stockton to Montgomery Hill. Turn left on County Road 80 and follow the signs.
Everyone is invited to attend.
To contact the Fort Mims Restoration Association, call 251-533-9024 or visit their web site at fortmims.org.
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Remembering those who served – Fort Mims marks bicentennial