Battle of Burnt Corn Creek Saturday

Published 6:38 pm Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Muskets are being shined and period costumes readied for the second annual Battle of Burnt Corn Creek Re-enactment on Saturday.

Connie Baggett, Brewton’s director of program management, said organizers are expecting dozens of re-enactors and hundreds of spectators to attend the event at Jennings Park on U.S. Hwy. 31 and Ala. Hwy. 41 in downtown Brewton.

“This event will mark the anniversary of the battle many point to as the spark for the Fort Mims Massacre weeks later in the late summer of 1813,” Baggett said. “The site of the actual battle is located in the wilderness area several miles north of the city on private property, but Saturday’s event will take place along the creek in Jennings Park.”

Action starts on Saturday at 9 a.m. with living history demonstrations and cultural background lectures from several points of view. Members from the Poarch Band of Creek Indians will offer their perspective on the battle, and artifact collectors and many others will give a glimpse into the past that shaped the present community.

Admission to the event is free.