Solders from the 7th U.S. Infantry Living History Association will take part in a series of events during the commemoration.

The major 200th Anniversary Commemoration of the Scott Massacre of 1817 will take place in just 25 days! Events are scheduled for locations in both Decatur County, Georgia, and Gadsden County, Florida, with the main commemoration taking place at River Landing Park in Chattahoochee on December 1-2, 2017.

A force of several hundred Lower Creek, Red Stick Creek, Seminole, Miccosukee, Yuchi and Black Seminole warriors attacked a U.S. Army supply boat at what is now Chattahoochee on November 30, 1817. Lt. Richard W. Scott of the 7th U.S. Infantry was the commander of the boat and it is from him that the battle takes its name.

Scott’s detachment consisted of 40 soldiers, 7 women and 4 children. By the time the smoke cleared, the lieutenant, 34 men, 6 women and all 4 children were dead. The Native American forces also suffered casualties but the numbers are not known. It was the first U.S. defeat of the Seminole Wars and was ultimately the key factor in Spain’s agreement to cede Florida to the United States. You can learn more in Dale Cox’s book  The Scott Massacre of 1817.

The 200th Anniversary Commemoration will honor the participants of both sides in the battle and will feature commemorative military marches, memorial services, living history encampments, demonstrations, exhibits, vendors, tours and much more. Here’s the planned schedule of events:

A mother helps her son with his coat aboard the keelboat Aux Arc. The boat and its crew will be on hand for the Scott Massacre 200th anniversary.

Monday, November 13 

6:30 p.m. Eastern (5:30 p.m. Central)
Lecture & Book Signing
The Decatur County Historical and Genealogical Society commemorates the Battle of Fowltown  and the Scott Massacre of 1817 with a presentation by historian Dale Cox at the Kirbo Center in Bainbridge, Georgia.
Thursday, November 16

12 noon Eastern (11 a.m. Central)
Lecture & Book Signing
The Apalachicola Arsenal Museum will commemorate the Battle of Fowltown and the Scott Massacre of 1817 with a lecture by historian Dale Cox. The event is free but there is a minimal charge for lunch. Call Linda at (850) 794-0197 for reservations.

Thursday, November 30

6:30 p.m. Eastern (5:30 p.m. Central)
Memorial Service
J.D. Chason Memorial Park
Jackson & Donalson Streets
Bainbridge, Georgia
Memorial Service for those killed at the Battle of Fowltown on November 21-23, 1817. Free.

Blue Heron and other Creek and Seminole warriors reenact the 1817 attack on Lt. Scott’s boat.

Friday, December 1

9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Eastern (8-2 Central)
River Landing Park
River Landing Road
Chattahoochee, Florida
Living History Encampments, Blue Heron’s Creek Hunting Camp, Exhibits, Activities, Vendors, Food & More! Free Admission.

9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Eastern (8-2 Central)
Apalachicola Arsenal Museum
Florida State Hospital
Chattahoochee, Florida
The historic Apalachicola Arsenal Museum, which preserves a Second Seminole War gunpowder magazine, will be open for tours.

11:00 a.m. Eastern (10 a.m. Central)
10 Mile Still Road (at Yates Spring Road Intersection)
Decatur County, Georgia
Commemorate March by the 7th U.S. Living History Association. Soldiers attired from the time of the First Seminole War will march along the historic road that once led to Fort Scott. Free.

5:30 p.m. Eastern (4:30 p.m. Central)
Memorial Service & Luminaries
Camp Recovery
Booster Club Road
Recovery, Georgia
A Memorial Service to honor the U.S. soldiers who died during the First Seminole War will be held at Camp Recovery, a historic military cemetery dating from 1820. The 7th U.S. Living History Association will represent the soldiers killed at the Scott Massacre, luminaries will be lit in their memories and there will be brief comments and other activities. A complete Living History encampment will represent the original Camp Recovery. Free.

Saturday, December 2

9:00 a.m. Eastern (8 a.m. Central)
River Landing Park
Chattahoochee, Florida
Gates will open for the main day of activities. River Landing will be the scene of Living History encampments, Blue Heron’s Creek Hunting Camp, a Walk through History area, the 38-foot wooden keel boat Aux Arc, tours, exhibits, authors, vendors, food and more.

9 a.m. – 12 noon Eastern (8-11 Central)
Apalachicola Arsenal Museum
Florida State Hospital
Chattahoochee, Florida
The historic Apalachicola Arsenal Museum, which preserves a Second Seminole War gunpowder magazine, will be open for tours.

10:00 a.m. Eastern (9 a.m. Central)
Commemorative March
River Landing Park
Chattahoochee, Florida
The soldiers of the 7th U.S. Infantry Living History Association will march into the event grounds at River Landing Park where they will be greeted by Blue Heron and other Creek, Seminole and Black Seminole living history representatives.

11:00 a.m. Eastern (10 a.m. Central)
Memorial Service & Marker Unveiling
River Landing Park
Chattahoochee, Florida
Dignitaries will join with descendants of battle participants, the 7th U.S. Living History Association, Blue Heron and the Creek/Seminole encampment and others to remember those of both sides who gave their lives in the Scott Massacre and to unveil a new historical marker about the battle.

12 Noon Eastern (11 a.m. Central)
Reenactment
River Landing Park
Chattahoochee, Florida
Creeks, Seminoles, Black Seminoles, Militia and others will battle in a simulated Seminole War engagement.

Afternoon
River Landing Park
Chattahoochee, Florida
Events continue along the banks of the beautiful Apalachicola River.

To learn more about the First Seminole War, Battle of Fowltown and the Scott Massacre of 1817, please enjoy this short film from www.twoegg.tv.





One thought on “Scott Massacre 200th Anniversary Commemoration is 25 days away!

  1. This series of events will bring the past to light and the stories to life. You can tell a lot of work has went into the planning and all the events combined will draw thousands of people especially the December 2nd event in Chattahoochee, Florida.

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