Guided tours are offered by appointment only, Monday - Friday at 9:00, 10:00, 11:00, 1:00, 2:00 and 3:00. Self-guided tours anytime Monday-Friday, no appointment needed. Guided Saturday Tours are offered at 9:00, 11:00, 1:00, and 3:00 (group reservation requested but not required).
Plantation Christmas, 1:00-5:00pm. The traditional open house, reminiscent of the hospitality of the Old South, will feature period music and dance performances. Admission will be charged. For more information call 256-381-5052 or 256-383-0783.
Alabama Frontier Days at Fort Toulouse/Fort Jackson a Success
Frontier Days attendance continues to grow each year which directly reflects the Alabama Historical Commission's talented, dedicated staff, the strong support of the Commission, Friends, volunteers, and re-enactors.
"This is the largest history-based education event in Alabama," said Ove Jensen, Site Director of Fort Toulouse-Fort Jackson Park. "It also happens to be one of the most colorful events with the uniforms and clothing of the 1700s and early 1800s that are worn by re-enactors throughout the park."
Thank you to the media for the great coverage of the event (see "In the News" section for article links)!
Special thank you to the volunteers, staff, Friends, and re-enactors who made this year's Frontier Days at Fort Toulouse a success. And a big thank you to all of our visitors!
Every year AHC staff comes together to help make Frontier Days a success!
AHC staff Chole Mercer, Chris Kinder, and Tryon McLaney worked the admission gate at Fort Toulouse.
Stacye Hathorn, State Archaeologist, and Commissioner Craig Sheldon worked in the archaeology tent at Fort Toulouse.
The Black Heritage Council of the Alabama Historical Commission tent at Frontier Days.
AHC staff member Ned Jenkins, Senior Archaeologist at Fort Toulouse, during an interview with Leanne with Mix 103.3.
Ed Bridges will hold a special book signing for Alabama: The Making of an American State on November 17 from 9:00-11:00am.
Mulled cider and refreshments will be available to shoppers while they browse the store's large selection of unique holiday gifts. The Goat Hill Museum Store is the best place to find Alabama-made gifts, specialty food, souvenirs, holiday ornaments, and more!
The open house will feature artisans and book signings with Alabama authors (see full schedule below).
*November 16th 9:00am - 11:00am Peggy Walls, "Alabama Gold" "Karen K & S Monogramming"
11:00am - 1:00pm Margaret Lowder, "Amos the Dog" "Hardin's Seasoning"
1:00pm - 3:00pm Kendell Weaver, "Ten Stars: The African American Journey of Marine General Cary Cooper"
*November 17th 9:00am - 11:00am Larry Lee, "In the Land of Cotton" Janet Frazier's "Blue Light Design" "Lightning Hill Candles" Ed Bridges, "Alabama: The Making of an American State" "Karen K & S Monogramming"
11:00am - 1:00pm Frye Gaillard, "Go South to Freedom" Janet Frazier's "Blue Light Design"
1:00pm - 3:00pm TBA
*November 18th 9:00am - 11:00am Wade H. Hall with Nancy DuPree and Christopher Sawula, "Greetings from Alabama" "Karen K & S Monogramming"
In November the Alabama Historical Commission honored Dr. Mildred Caudle, longtime member of the Friends of the General Joe Wheeler Foundation, for her service and dedication to the site of Pond Spring.
Dr. Mildred Caudle (far right) volunteering at the grand re-opening of Pond Spring in 2012. Pictured with Marilyn Clark and Melinda Schuedigg.
Alabama Register Update
On October 21, 2016 the Galilee Baptist Church in Gadsden was added to the Alabama Register of Landmarks & Heritage.
One of the oldest African American churches in Gadsden, Galilee Baptist Church was formed in 1918 under the leadership of Reverend Yank Townsend.
Reverend Jarrett, who pastored the church for twenty-five years, was instrumental in organizing part of the Gadsden community during the Civil Rights Movement. As part of his civil rights services, Jarrett helped arrange mass meetings and organize freedom marches while using the Galilee Baptist Church as his headquarters.
The next Alabama Register meeting is scheduled for December 1, 2016 at 10:00am in the RSH House conference room. For more information please call Hannah Garmon at 334-230-2644.
AHC Staff Traveled to Camden, Wilcox County
AHC Staff Dorothy Walker, Clara Nobles and Lee Anne Wofford along with Black Heritage Council Vice Chair Elvin Lang (not pictured) made a visit to Camden, Wilcox County to meet with Mr. Clifford Martin. Mr. Martin has surveyed a large part of the historic African American community in Camden for possible inclusion in the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage. Mr. Martin gave the group a tour of some of the historic sites in Camden. In addition to the residential area, the tour included some buildings in downtown including the historic courthouse, several civil rights related churches, the site of the former black school Camden Academy and the remains of an antebellum brick wall believed to have once held slaves.
AHC Site Welcomed Alabama Historical Association
In October the AHC site, Pond Spring, the General Joe Wheeler Home, welcomed members of the
Alabama Historical Association during their Fall Pilgrimage in Decatur.
The Alabama World War I Centennial
Does your community have a WWI monument, memorial or historic site? As the nation prepares to commemorate the centennial of the Great War, Alabama's WWI Centennial Committee has launched a new effort to document our state's WWI monuments and memorials.
AHC staff participated at the annual Moundville Native American Festival
Staff and Commissioners celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the Alabama Historical Commission, the State Historic Preservation Office, and the passage of the National Historic Preservation Act in Montgomery at the Quarterly Commission Meeting.
AHC Staff attended the public hearings for civil rights sites in Anniston and Birmingham. They encouraged officials (Secretary of U.S. Department of the Interior, Sally Jewell, Director for the NPS, John Jarvis, and Congresswoman Terri Sewell) to connect the Freedom Rides sites to the historic Montgomery Greyhound Bus Station.
Hannah Garmon, AHC Historical Marker Coordinator, attended the unveiling of a new marker at Fort Jabe Brassell, home of the Alabama National Guard's Battery C 3rd Battalion 117th Field Artillery and Detachment 1 900th Maintenance Company.
AHC Staff member Mary Shell (on far right) participated in Design Alabama Connectlivity charrette in Athens. They worked with a group to help identify tourism itineraries to show the best of Alabama's cultural and natural resources.
Happenings at #AHCsites
Freedom Rides Museum served as a stop during the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in Montgomery
Confederate Memorial Park staff refreshed exhibits
Group tours at
Fort Morgan. Call Dylan Tucker to book your tour at
Special thank you to the Alabama Paranormal Research team, volunteers, and staff who helped make this year's Haunted History at Old Cahawba a success! If you missed it, be sure to mark your calendars for next year.
November 8, 2016 - February 27, 2017 - The Modernization of Tuscaloosa's Built Environment: The Architecture of Don Buel Schuyler, 1937 - 1964, a new exhibit at the University of Alabama's
Mildred Westervelt Warner Transportation Museum. A special preview of the exhibit will be Monday, November 7, 2016 from 6:00-8:00pm.
November 11 - 13, 2016 - Alabama Trust for Historic Preservation Lyceum Series 2016. Join the Trust for a weekend in Cullman, Alabama's authentic German Community. For more information and to register, please visit
www.alabamatrust.info or call 205-652-3497.
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