October 27, 2023

State of Alabama
Press Release: Alabama Historical Commission

Fort Toulouse-Fort Jackson to Host Frontier Days in November

October 27, 2023                                                                                   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
   Contact: Kathryn Shoupe


Fort Toulouse-Fort Jackson to Host Frontier Days in November 

Montgomery – The Alabama Historical Commission (AHC) invites you to its annual Alabama Frontier Days event on November 1-4, from 9:00 am – 4:00pm, at Fort Toulouse-Fort Jackson in Wetumpka, AL.

Celebrated as one of Alabama’s largest and most authentic living history events, Alabama Frontier Days brings the early 18th century frontier to vivid life. This event puts into focus the South as it transitioned from Creek Indian lands to military forts and civilian homesteads from 1700 to 1820. Using Fort Toulouse-Fort Jackson as a historical backdrop, the public can experience living historians who will bring the fort to life through military reenactments with booming cannon fire and captivating demonstrations of frontier crafts and trades. 

"Alabama Frontier Days is the keystone event for Fort Toulouse-Fort Jackson Park and is the largest education based living history program in the state,” said John Gurner, site director of Fort Toulouse-Fort Jackson. “The wonderful thing about this event is that it takes what students have read about or studied in the classroom and brings it to life in a beautiful outdoor setting."

This snapshot of frontier life includes Creek Indians, French soldiers and their families, British traders who lived among the Creeks and American soldiers who fought in Andrew Jackson’s army during the Creek War. There will be period entertainment featuring an eighteenth-century magician, merchants, strolling balladeers, and musicians.

AHC Executive Director Lisa D. Jones said, “Alabama Frontier Days is a signature event for AHC. Each year, we welcome thousands of school children who come away with an enhanced understanding of what life was like three hundred years ago. We’ve been proud to continue this educational outreach for more than two decades.” 

Alabama Frontier Days admission is $15 for adults and $10 for children (ages 6-18 years). The Saturday ‘Family Day’ is a terrific opportunity for families to experience the forts together and learn more about the rich history on site.

Fort Toulouse-Fort Jackson was declared a National Historic Landmark by the Department of Interior in 1961 and was acquired by the AHC in 1971.

To learn more about Fort Toulouse-Fort Jackson, or the Alabama Historical Commission, please visit ahc.alabama.gov.





About the Alabama Historical Commission

Located in historic downtown Montgomery at 468 S. Perry Street, the Alabama Historical Commission is the state historic preservation agency for Alabama. The agency was created by an act of the state legislature in 1966 with a mission to protect, preserve and interpret Alabama’s historic places. AHC works to accomplish its mission through two fields of endeavor: Preservation and promotion of state-owned historic sites as public attractions; and statewide programs to assist people, groups, towns, and cities with local preservation activities. For a complete list of programs and properties owned and operated by the AHC, hours of operation, and admission fees please visit ahc.alabama.gov  



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