Two Egg TV’s first annual Spring Seminole War Symposium brought visitors from South Florida, Pensacola, Tallahassee, Southwest Georgia and other locations to the Two Egg area and Chattahoochee for two beautiful days of education, demonstrations and tours.
The event concluded today (Saturday) with lectures by three noted historians, a book signing and a musket firing demonstration by Creek warriors.
Historian and author Dale Cox was joined at the Clark Barn near Two Egg by historians Dr. Joe Knetsch and Dr. Brian Rucker for three compelling lectures on the First Seminole War today. Dr. Knetsch spoke on Andrew Jackson and the First Seminole War. Dr. Rucker spoke about Jackson’s march through the Florida Panhandle from the Apalachicola River to Pensacola. Cox discussed Native American resistance to the U.S. Army during the Seminole conflict.
Attendees also learned about the flintlock weapons used by Muscogee (Creek) and Seminole warriors during the conflict and witnessed a firing demonstration.
A special unannounced highlight came when Cox presented Honorary Membership credentials in the Lower Chattahoochee Band of Yuchi Indians to Dr. Knetsch, Dr. Rucker, Farris Powell, Angie Powell and Pamela Drummond Medley to recognize their service in preserving the “heritage and culture of the Southeastern Creek and Seminole Indians.”
Friday’s activities included a presentation on 19th century Muscogee (Creek) and Seminole clothing by Farris Powell (Blue Heron), a musket firing demonstration, a visit to Chattahoochee Main Street’s outstanding Final Friday street festival and concert and a candlelight tour of the Scott 1817 Seminole War Battlefield and Chattahoochee Landing Indian Mounds.
According to Cox, who has long dreamed of holding such a symposium, the event was a success. Money was raised to help purchase 19th century clothing, weapons and other supplies for the living history group that hosts the annual Scott 1817 Seminole War Battle reenactment. He thanked everyone who attended and participated and offered special thanks to Dr. Rucker, Dr. Knetsch, Chattahoochee Main Street and Whitney and Bradley Clark, owners of the Clark Barn.
This year’s event will take place on November 30 – December 2 at River Landing Park in Chattahoochee, Florida. Sponsors include Envision Credit Union, the Twin City News and Two Egg TV. The event is hosted by Chattahoochee Main Street and the City of Chattahoochee.
For more information on the Clark Barn, a new event, meeting and wedding venue on the Clark Auctions grounds just 6 miles south of Two Egg on Florida Highway 69, please visit www.facebook.com/theclarkbarn/.
Here are some photos from the Spring Seminole War Symposium: