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Saturday, Feb. 25th Tree Talk and Walk/Tree Giveaway

8:15-9:15 AM

Arbor Week was first established in Alabama in 1887 by Gov. Thomas Seay, a veteran of the Battle of Fort Blakeley in 1865. In honor of Arbor Week, we invite you to the park for a special 45-minute “Tree Walk and Talk” by registered forester and 4-H instructor Dean Trawick. At 8:15 AM*, we'll hike the park's new “Champion Tree Trail” and learn about the incredible diversity of tree species in the park, as well as get a chance to view two current State Champion trees. State Champions are the largest trees of their particular species in the state. Throughout the day, all guests to the park are encouraged to take free tree seedlings provided through a partnership with the Alabama Forestry Commission. The tour is complimentary with regular park admission of $4 for adults/$3 for kids ages 6-12.

*Immediately after the “Tree Walk and Talk” we have a two-hour narrated Nature Cruise scheduled to explore the scenic Mobile-Tensaw Delta. The tour departs the Blakeley dock at 9:30 AM and returns at 11:30 AM. CLICK HERE for Delta Explorer information.

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March 9th and March 11th - Events Associated with the Special Program “The Eastern Shore: The Place and the People”

Thursday, March 9th
Lecture at Spanish Fort Public Library
(7361 Spanish Fort Blvd.)
6:00 PM
FREE to the public

Throughout 2017, Historic Blakeley State Park will be partnering with the Spanish Fort Public Library for a series of special events as part of a unique program entitled “The Eastern Shore: The Place and the People.” The program is sponsored by the Alabama Humanities Foundation. It will feature public lectures and discussions with leading scholars from across the state, guided tours of important local historic sites, a teacher enrichment workshop in the summer, and a special interactive program for children held in conjunction with the 2017 national summer reading program. These educational events are designed to help facilitate both understanding and exploration of important local stories that collectively provide the area its unique sense of place.

On Thursday, March 9, 2017 at the Spanish Fort Public Library at 6 PM , two of Alabama's premier experts in their fields will discuss Eastern Shore's original inhabitants and the environment they called home. Dr. Greg Waselkov , Professor of Anthropology at the University of South Alabama and the Director of the Center for Archaeological Studies, as well as author of dozens of report on area archaeological sites and books including A Conquering Spirit, Fort Mims and the Redstick War of 1813-14 and Old Mobile Archaeology , will focus his remarks on the Woodland and Mississippian peoples which resided in the area centuries ago, giving particular attention to the nationally-important nearby Bottle Creek mound complex. Appearing on the program with him will be Dr. Kathryn Braund , Hollifield Professor of Southern History at Auburn University, for a discussion of Native American occupation of the Eastern Shore in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Braund is author of Deerskins and Duffels: The Creek Indian Trade with Anglo-America, 1685-1815 , History of the American Indians , and editor of Bernard Romans' Concise Natural History of East and West Florida , William Bartram on the Southeastern Indians , and Tohopeka: Rethinking the Creek War and the War of 1812.

FREE to the public

Saturday, March 11 th
Lecture and Tour at Historic Blakeley State Park
9:00 AM
Complimentary with regular park admission, or free to those who attend March 9 th lecture or Delta Adventure Cruise

On Saturday, March 11 th at 9 AM* the Park welcomes Dr. Ramie Gougeon, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of West Florida, for a discussion of the Native Americans which called its grounds home over 2,000 years ago. An expert in the Woodland time period (ca. 1,0000 BC to ca. 1,000 AD), Dr. Gougeon is author of several articles on the culture and environment of the peoples of that era, and has conducted numerous archaeological investigations of Woodland occupation sites. Dr. Gougeon will speak at the Wehle Center, and afterward lead a short walking tour exploring the environment in which Blakeley's “first residents” lived.

The lecture is complimentary with regular park admission of $4 for adults and $3 for children ages 6-12 and FREE to those who attend the March 9 th lecture at the Spanish Fort Public Library and those taking our 10:30 AM Nature Cruise.

*At 10:30 AM we have a two-hour narrated Nature Cruise scheduled to explore the scenic Mobile-Tensaw Delta. The tour returns at 12:30 PM. CLICK HERE for Delta Explorer information.

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March 18th - Civil War Trust’s Park Day

8:00 AM-Noon
To Register as a Volunteer call 251-626-0798

Since 1996, the Civil War Trust has sponsored Park Day, an annual hands-on preservation event to help Civil War — and now Revolutionary War — battlefields and historic sites take on maintenance projects large and small. Activities are chosen by each participating site to meet their own particular needs. While Park Day is traditionally the first weekend in April, we invite you to volunteer with us a few weeks earlier this year, on Saturday, March 18 th , to help us prepare for our big reenactment of the Battle of Fort Blakeley (April 1, 2017).

To volunteer, call 251-626-0798 or email blakeleypark@aol.com. Water and snacks will be provided. Volunteers are asked to bring gloves and brush clearing tools if they have them.

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Thursday, March 23rd - Scenic Nature Cruise and Seafood Lunch

10:30 AM-1:30 PM
$49 for adults/$25 for children 6-12
For reservations call 251-626-5581

Help us celebrate the arrival of spring along the Gulf Coast with a special site-seeing cruise and seafood buffet lunch at one of the Mobile area's favorite restaurants! Departing from the Blakeley dock at 10:30 AM on Thursday, March 23 rd , we'll venture through one of the nation's most diverse ecosystems as we wind our way to The Original Oyster House on the Mobile Causeway. We'll dine in a private room offering stunning views of the lower Delta. Afterwards we will take an alternate route back to the park as we keep an eye out for some of the area's famed wildlife, such as alligators, ospreys, bald eagles, and numerous other species of plants and animals unique to this area.

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Saturday, April 1st - Reenactment of the Battle of Fort Blakeley, Special Exhibition, Civil War Cruises

8:00 AM-5:00 PM
$10 for adults/$5 for children 6-12

To commemorate the 152 nd anniversary of the Battle of Fort Blakeley, we have an event-filled day of exciting tours, informative educational programming, and lively demonstrations planned. This will be one of the largest reenactments of Alabama's largest Civil War battle held in several years. The event will feature reenactments of the intense skirmishing which took place along the lines at Blakeley during the week-long siege of the fort in April of 1865 and the last grand charge of the Civil War which resulted in its capture will highlight the day's events. Also included will be guided tours of the park's battlefield, weapons demonstrations, and a special exhibit of artifacts associated with the fighting at Blakeley.

Schedule of Public Events
2017 Battle of Fort Blakeley Reenactment

Saturday, April 1, 2017
Souvenirs, food, and drinks may be purchased at the Wehle Center throughout the day

8:00AM   Camps Open (Union and Confederate Lines)
8:30AM   Artifact Exhibit Opens at Wehle Center
9:00AM-10:30AM   "Battles of Fort Blakeley and Spanish Fort" cruise
9:00AM-10:30AM   Weapons Demonstrations and Battlefield Tours
11:00AM-12:30PM   "Battles of Fort Blakeley and Spanish Fort" cruise
11:00AM   Reenactment of a Confederate Sortie (attack from defenses)
12:30PM   Lecture on Civil War artifacts at Wehle Center
1:00PM-2:30PM   Weapons Demonstrations and Battlefield Tours
3:00PM   Reenactment of Assault on Fort Blakeley
4:30PM   Camps Close (Union and Confederate Lines)
4:30PM   Artifact Exhibit at Wehle Center Closes

On Saturday, April 1 prior to the reenactment of the final assault on Blakeley in the afternoon we'll also offer two special cruises along the Tensaw River focusing on the military actions here and at nearby Spanish Fort:

Saturday, April 1st
Battles of Fort Blakeley and Spanish Fort History Cruise
9:00-10:30 AM and 11:00 AM-12:30 PM
$25 for adults/$15 for children 6-12
(includes complimentary admission to Reenactment events)

For reservations call 251-626-5581

Join us on a historic voyage of discovery along the lower Delta's scenic waterways as we explore the major battles of the Civil War's “Mobile Campaign” from the rivers on which its major actions took place! Mobile was the last major city to remain in Southern hands during the war, and Union army and navy forces converged on the area around Blakeley in the spring of 1865 in an attempt to capture the town. This narrated cruise will take guests alongside the Confederate strongholds of Spanish Fort and Fort Blakeley, guardians of the approaches to Mobile and scene of some of the fiercest fighting during the war in Alabama. We will also visit the sites of Batteries Huger and Tracy, both long lost key positions in the Confederacy's defenses of Mobile, and learn about the numerous Confederate and Union warships which vied for control of area waterways during the Civil War's last major campaign.

 

 

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