205th Anniversary of Battle at Horseshoe Bend
Saturday, March 23, 2019 at 9 AM – 4 PM
Horseshoe Bend National Military Park will host the 205th Anniversary of the Battle of the Horseshoe on Saturday, March 23, 2019. 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. Starting at 10:00 AM, the park is excited to announce several guest speakers are planned, including:
- Principal Chief James Floyd, Muscogee (Creek) Nation
- Steve Murray, Director, AL Department of Archives and History
- Dr. Kathryn Braund, Hollifield Professor of Southern History, Auburn University
Saturday’s activities will provide park visitors to learn more about 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. 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 benefiting the New Site Volunteer Fire Department.
Horseshoe Bend National Military Park
Horseshoe Bend National Military Park tells the story of the Upper Creek people of Alabama, and the conflict with American settlers that resulted in the Battle of Horseshoe Bend on March 27, 1814.
The park is located on Alabama Route 49, 12 miles north of Dadeville, and 18 miles east of Alexander City. The park features a visitor center open daily (except for major holidays), a 3-mile loop road through the battlefield and a 2.8-mile nature trail.