Blakeley Living History Set for Saturday, Feb. 1
Civil War living history demonstrations will be presented by volunteer reenactors at Historic Blakeley State Park all day Saturday, Feb. 1. The groups will set up camp late Friday (Jan. 31) and break camp Sunday (Feb.2)
Reenactors portraying the Confederate's 4 th Missouri Infantry Regiment will camp on the Blakeley battlefield site where original members of that Missouri unit distinguished themselves April 9, 1865 during the last battle of the Civil War.
The Independent Rifles, led by Sgt. Brian Desrochers of Mobile, includes reenators from Alabama and Mississippi. Demonstrating battle and camp life of mounted cavalry will be reenactors with horses from Louisiana and Tennessee. The Buttermilk Rangers, led by Larry Morgan, will portray typical Confederate cavalry.
Renactors will welcome visitors to several “stations” from 9 a.m. to noon and again after lunch between 1 p. m. and 4:30 p.m. The park opens at 9 a.m. and remains open to day visitors until dusk.
Activities for Blakeley Park will be coordinated by Stacey Gardner, park historian and land manager. Admission will be the usual day visitor rates of $3 for adults and $2 for children 6-12. Children under 6 are free.
Blakeley is also observing the anniversary of the January 6, 1814 charter of the original town that thrived and then died out following yellow fever epidemics. The old town site and the Civil War battlefield have been preserved by the park and are open to the public daily.
Blakeley Park is located on State Hwy. 225 about 5 miles north of its intersection with U.S. 31 at Spanish Fort. For more information about the park go to www.blakeleypark.com or call 251-626-0798.
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Blakeley Residents Spotted
Visitors to Blakeley State Park with patience can see wildlife like this young mother raccoon and two of her four babies exploring the Washington Square picnic area this week (Aug. 24) She is leading them down from one of the park's huge, old oak trees. Click here to view the photo. (Photo by Jo Ann Flirt)
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