Festival on the Alabama River Depicts 1800s Alabama Frontier

On March 6, 7, and 8, enter a late 1700s/early 1800s camp on the bank of the Alabama River at the Claiborne Lock and Dam.  Witness first-hand the lifestyles of the first inhabitants of Monroe County, when the area was filled with Creek Indians, European traders, travelers, American settlers, and militiamen.  Walk around the typical river campsite and talk to the demonstrators.  Join Creek Indians in a traditional game of “stick ball” and dance the traditional “stomp dance.”  This living history event is open for school groups and the public on Thursday and Friday from 9:00-4:00.  The festivities will continue through to Saturday, open to the general public, from 9:00-4:00.  

Over 30 demonstrators and living history reinactors will be in costume to depict the characters from Alabama’s colonial era.  The 1814 militiamen of Fort Toulouse (north of Montgomery) portray the frontiersmen of the time. Native American lifestyles are portrayed by “Blue Heron,” reenactor from Florida, among others. Watch stone points, arrowheads and spearheads being made.  John Hall, a retired University of Alabama professor, portrays William Bartram, a naturalist who traveled this area in the 1700’s. Pat Meyers, a Satsuma tugboat pilot, will display replicas of riverboats.  The Hvsosv Tallvhassee (Ha – so – sa Tallahassee) Stomp Dancers from the Poarch Creek Band of Indians, of Atmore, Alabama, demonstrate the traditional dance of the Creek Indian People called stomp dance.  Trade or buy items from the Painted Bear Trading Company.  Listen to authentic River Music by Riverboat John.  Handmade crafts will be available for sale to the public, for young and old alike.  Concessions will be available.  

Location: Alabama River Museum
Date: March 6-8, 2008
Time: 9:00-4:00
Admission: $5.00 adults, $3.00 students/seniors
For more information contact: Monroe County Heritage Museums (251) 575-7433 or email mchm@frontiernet.net

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