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.”
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)
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)
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)
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.
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