The traumatic events of summer 1814 as seen through the eyes of Col. Benjamin Hawkins will be the focus of the 12th annual Fort Hawkins Fourth of July Celebration, said Marty Willett, Fort Hawkins Commission project coordinator.
At 1 p.m. Friday, Hawkins will speak about the events of 200 years ago when the British burned Washington, D.C., and the Treaty of Fort Jackson ended the Creek Wars, along with his career as Indian agent, according to a news release.
What a good place to remember the Fourth of July. Being a U.S. Army fort, July Fourth was one of the soldiers celebration days, Willett said.
The Star Spangled Banner will fly over the fort Friday as well. The Star Spangled Banner was the U.S. flag with 15-stars that also flew at Fort McHenry in 1814 when the poem that became the national anthem was written.
After Hawkins speech, visitors will be treated to lemonade, cookies and sliced watermelon and may tour the three-story Blockhouse Replica and archaeological dig site as well as the sites of the reconstruction of the forts southwest corner palisade wall and new log cabin Visitor Center.
Fort Hawkins Fourth of July Celebration
When: Noon-4 p.m. July 4
Where: Fort Hawkins, Emery Highway at Maynard Street
Information: 478-742-3003; www.forthawkins.com