Living events planned


Living history events are planned this summer at Blountsville Historical Park, located on U.S. 231 two miles north of the town’s gazebo. These events, which are free to the public, begin July 11; they continue on second Saturdays during summer months with action sequences, when appropriate, typically beginning at 2 p.m.

Local historical 19th Century events expected to be relived include:

•Chief Bear Meat befriending the surveyors.

•Settlers camping in covered wagons along the old Bear Meat Cabin road while en route from Tennessee to Alabama destinations.

•An 1813 encounter between Colonel John Coffee and Jackson’s Tennessee volunteers and the hostile local Creeks, also along the historic Bear Meat Cabin road, while re-joining Jackson for the battle of Horsehoe Bend.

•General Rousseau’s 1864 raid of the village of Blountsville as part of General Sherman’s march to the sea during the Civil War.

Parents and grandparents will want to observe the living local history at these events with their children. They will be encouraged to begin dialogues of early family history and re-learn the hardships and adventures of their ancestors. All children who attend must be accompanied by adults.

The planned one-day activities are sponsored by Blountsville Historical Society, which meets at 7 p.m. each second Monday, in order to encourage questions, research, and interest in the area’s rich and colorful history. Event coordinator is Joyce Thompson, 205-429-4232.