Saturday, May 2, 2015

May Events

 Bledsoe's Fort Colonial Fair
Eighth Annual - May 1st - 3rd, 2015

The Bledsoe’s Lick Historical Association wishes to invite you to join us for the Eighth Annual, Bledsoe's Fort Colonial Fair. This will be a Juried Event focusing on the 1750-1790 time frame.
Colonial Music & Entertainments
Food & Drink
Colonial, Longhunter & Eastern Woodland Indian Camps
Demonstrating Craftsmen
Merchants & Blanket Traders
Shooting Matches
Fees: All registered participants, campers, merchants, or blanket traders are free. $5 / Adult Admission, $3 / Child Admission Wood, Water, Ice, Straw & Bathrooms on site.
Hours: 9:00am - 3:00pm / Friday, 9:00am - 5:00pm / Saturday, 9:00am - 3:00pm / Sunday.
Bledsoe's Fort Park is located off of Highway 25 in Castalian Springs, TN; between Gallatin & Highway 231.

Securing the Interior to Defend the Coast

May 2, 2015

With the American victory at Horseshoe Bend in March of 1814 the Creek War had been brought to a close. At the newly established Ft. Jackson, located at the confluence of the Coosa and Tallapoosa Rivers, Creek warriors came in daily to surrender.

But a third river was formed by the confluence of the Coosa and Tallapoosa. That being the Alabama. This river emptied into Mobile Bay and thence into the Gulf of Mexico.

Mobile, had only been an American possession since 1813. It was the land route to New Orleans, and hence the best invasion route for the British. Ft. Jackson located in the wilderness of the Mississippi Territory was the key to the back door of the entire southern United States.

How could the young United States, already fighting a war on its northern boundary and in the Canadas use its meager manpower in the south to guard not only Ft. Jackson but the Mobile?

That question will be explored during a special event presented by the 7th US Infantry Living History Association and Bast's Company of Spies and Scouts.

More information about this event at Ft. Toulouse/Ft. Jackson can be found here.

Fort Louden Living History Garrison

May 16 and 17, 2015 

Fort Loudoun State Historic Park will come back to life on Saturday, May 16 and Sunday, April 17 as the park hosts its Living History Garrison and Museum Grand Reopening.

Park visitors will have the opportunity to view an 18th century infirmary, as well as soldiers’ barracks, the commander’s quarters and a Cherokee encampment. Demonstrations will include a variety of tasks and skills common to a frontier fortification, including cooking, laundering and blacksmithing. Costumed living history re-enactors will go about their garrison duties throughout the weekend, taking time to interact with visitors.

For a complete schedule of events, contact Fort Loudoun at 423-884-621

The 1st Annual Historic Art, Arms & Accoutrements
May 15, 16, & 17th
Fort Osage National Historic Landmark, Sibley, MO

Please remember that this is a Pre-1815 event being held at a National Historic Landmark! All clothing, gear, camp, accoutrements, and any wares for sale must be Pre-1815. If in doubt, please leave it at home!

It is a Jackson County Parks & Rec policy that anyone wishing to be a vender at this event must pre-register and provide pictures and description of their wares, and tentage to be accepted their first time attending!

For more information see Fort Osage National Historic Landmark.

Fort Toulouse Living History
May 16, 2015

For more information about this living history day go here.

A Memorial Day Commemoration
Fort King George Historic Site
Monday, May 25, 2015 (10 AM to 4 PM)

Join the garrison for a day of artillery drills, musket firings, blacksmithing, and soldier's life activities. Musket and cannon firing demonstrations will be presented throughout the day.

For more information on Fort King George go here.

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