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Fort Mitchell is a secret treasure in East Alabama

We truly have a secret treasure in East Alabama that not many people are aware of, Fort Mitchell Historic Site.

Represents three different periods

“Fort Mitchell Historic Site represents three different periods of relationships with Native Americans in the United States. The first Fort Mitchell represents the military aspect of Manifest Destiny, by which the Creek Indian Nation was militarily defeated and forced to make concessions of land to the United States. The second represents the Indian Factory, and the last represents the Federal government’s attempt to live up to its treaty obligations.”

Fort mitchell old post office33 (Library of Congress)W. N. Manning, Photographer, July 18, 1935 FRONT AND SIDE VIEW, N. W. CORNER – Old Post Office, Fort Mitchell, Russell County, AL (Library of Congress)

Fort mitchell old post office (Library of Congress)W. N. Manning, Photographer, July 18, 1935 REAR AND SIDE VIEW, S. E. CORNER – Old Post Office, Fort Mitchell, Russell County, AL (Library of Congress)

Fort mitchell old post office2 (Library of Congress)W. N. Manning, Photographer, July 18, 1935 VIEW THROUGH HALL, TOWARD WEST– Old Post Office, Fort Mitchell, Russell County, AL (Library of Congress)

The National Park and adjoining cemetery were declared a National Historic Landmark in 1990.

Fort Mitchell historic park (Russell County, Alabama Historic Commission)Fort Mitchell historic park (Russell County, Alabama Historic Commission)

The park features a reconstruction of the 1813 stockade fort that was an important post in the Creek War, a museum with exhibits about the fort’s history and a collection of historic carriages, a restored 19th century log home, and a visitor center.

Chattahoochee Indian Heritage Center

Adjacent to the Fort Mitchell Historic Site, the Chatthoochee Indian Heritage Center is a ceremonial flame memorial to the Creek nation and interpretive panels that recount the history of the Creek War of 1836 and the subsequent forced removals of the Creek peoples along the Trail of Tears. The site also features historic burial grounds.

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ALABAMA FOOTPRINTS Confrontation:: Lost & Forgotten Stories is a collection of lost and forgotten stories that reveals why and how the confrontation between the Native American population and settlers developed into the Creek-Indian War as well as stories of the bravery and heroism of participants from both sides.

Some stores include:

  • Tecumseh Causes Earthquake
  • Terrified Settlers Abandon Farms
  • Survivor Stories From Fort Mims Massacre
  • Hillabee Massacre
  • Threat of Starvation Men Turn To Mutiny
  • Red Eagle After The War

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About Donna R Causey

Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and All her books can be purchased at and Barnes & Noble. She has authored numerous genealogy books. RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE) is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2) is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series) Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1) is the continuation of the story. . For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

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  1. This is where our ancestors Jacob H Mitchell and Winifred Duke M died in 1819. Daughter- Margaret Mitchell Rushing – daughter Elizabeth Rushing Thornell – daughter Eliza Thornell Harris Haynie

  2. I’ve been there and will say that it is a beautiful historical place. An old cemetery is there. History comes to life.

  3. […] was at this juncture, when Federal troops were massing at Fort Mitchell ready to move into the newly organized counties for the purpose of removing settlers, that a timely […]

  4. […] additional troops ordered into Alabama had been withdrawn, and that only the ordinary garrison at Fort Mitchell would remain in the Creek […]

  5. It is southeast of Auburn/Opelika down near Ft. Benning – more info here with map

  6. Among our earliest relatives from Scotland settled in Virginia and North Carolina, and since there were so few people at that time they married into the local tribes; the Trail of Tears sent many of their children to their death, but some escaped into Alabama and Canada. Daddy claimed a Cree ancestor in North Carolina – perhaps he meant the Creek Tribe.

  7. […] the early days of April, 1825, in what is the State of Alabama. He entered the Creek Nation, at Fort Mitchell, on the Chattahoochee, in Russell County, traversed the Old Federal Road as far as Mount Meigs, […]

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    1. TRULY a secret treasure. 😉

  9. Some of my ancestors came to AL through Ft. Mitchell. Sought shelter there from Indian uprisings later.

  10. At least they told us what county it is in.

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