Festival on the Alabama River Depicts 1800s Alabama Frontier

On March 12, 13, and 14, 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 ideal for school groups on
Thursday and Friday from 9:00-2:00.  Teachers, contact in advance.  The
festivities will continue through to Saturday, open to the general
public, from 9:00-4:00.  

Over 30 demonstrators and living
history reenactors 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.  Ideal learning environment for school field trips,
contact Kevin Mannix at (251) 575-7433 or mchm@frontiernet.net.

All made possible by an education grant from the J.L. Bedsole Foundation of Mobile, Alabama.  

Location: Alabama River Museum, Claiborne Lock & Dam, Franklin, Alabama
Date: March 12-14, 2009
Time: 9:00-2:00
Admission: $7.00 adults, $5.00 students/seniors
For more information contact: Monroe County Heritage Museums (251) 575-7433 or email mchm@frontiernet.net

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