HBNMP to host celebration of 205th anniversary of Battle of the Horseshoe

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Opelika Observer

Horseshoe Bend National Military Park will host the 205th anniversary of the Battle of the Horseshoe March 23.
This annual event recreates traditional Creek Indian life, frontier life in the year 1814 and emphasizes the importance of the battle in United States history through a variety of special demonstrations and interpretive programs. Saturday’s activities will provide park visitors with a better understanding Southeastern American Indian life in this area more than 200 years ago, as well as provide insight into the lives of the combatants and the reasons why the battle occurred.
Experience the life of the Creek and Cherokee Indians by visiting traditional hunting camps and watch demonstrations of cultural skills such as hide tanning, cooking and finger weaving. Children will have the opportunity to participate in an authentic Creek stickball game throughout the day.
Experience the life of Andrew Jackson’s frontier army. Watch Tennessee militia fire smoothbore cannon and flintlock muskets. Learn how soldiers cooked their meals and lived while on campaign through a variety of encampments and displays in the museum. A camp depicting American women’s lives on the frontier will provide wool dying demonstrations and teach visitors how to spin the wool.
All demonstrations will be presented multiple times throughout the day and promise to be entertaining as well as educational. A refreshment stand will be available courtesy of the New Site Volunteer Fire Department.
The program is free and open to public.
For more information, visit www.nps.gov/hobe, like and follow their Facebook page “Horseshoe Bend National Military Park” or call 256-234-7111. The park is located 12 miles north of Dadeville on Alabama Highway 49.

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