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Preparations being made for Camp Blount’s 200th

Posted on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 8:38 am

Some exciting events will be leading up to the Sept. 27-28 Camp Blount Bicentennial.

The State Museum War of 1812 travel exhibit will arrive at the Fayetteville-Lincoln County Library on Thursday, Aug. 22, and will be there for six weeks.

David Wright, the artist that rendered “Crossroads to Destiny”, will be in Fayetteville on Friday night, Sept. 27, for a signing party, and he will also be a part of the militia groups on both days of the Bicentennial celebration.

A reception at the library for all the participants/interpreters will also be held on Friday night, with heavy hors d’oeuvers   for all the participants/interpreters.

“They will be in full period uniforms and should add color to the event,” said Dr. Farris Beasley, one of the event organizers.

Secondly, the National Society of the War of 1812 will be coming to Tennessee and will visit two sites, the Hermitage and Camp Blount. They will be in Fayetteville on Saturday, Aug. 24, after eating at Miss Bobo’s in Lynchburg. They will visit the State 1812 Travel Exhibit at the library and then tour the Camp Blount site.

Preparation has begun at the site for the Camp Blount Bicentennial behind the soybean fields just north of Fred’s Department Store building.

This impressive celebration will be held on Sept. 27-28 with an anticipated 100 participants/living history interpreters.

Camp Blount marks the point where Tennessee troops rendezvoused in early October of 1813 during what was known as the War of 1812, a 32-month conflict between the United States and Great Britain. At that same time, the United States was also embroiled in a civil war with the Creek Nation.

“Myers Brown, the State 1812 Commission chairman, is working on the participants/living history interpreters and we are adding sutlers, period craftsmen, fife and drum corps, period musicians, and period ladies group, a cannon crew from Huntsville and groups of militia from several regions,” said Dr. Beasley.

“Major General Andrew Jackson, Sam Houston, David Crockett and Dr. Charles McKinney (Dr. Will Young) will be present on Friday, Sept. 27, School Day, and Saturday Sept. 28, Public Day.”

The portrait, “Crossroads to Destiny”, will be reincarnated morning and afternoon on Saturday for the spectator’s pleasure and photo opportunities.

Approximately 1,100 students will be attending on School Day.

There will be no admission charge, according to plans.