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Chattahoochee kicks off 200th anniversary of Scott Massacre of 1817

Chattahoochee and community leaders gather to announce plans for a 200th anniversary commemoration of the Scott Massacre of 1817.
Chattahoochee and community leaders gather to announce plans for a 200th anniversary commemoration of the Scott Massacre of 1817.

Chattahoochee Main Street and the City of Chattahoochee have officially kicked off the 200th anniversary commemoration of the Scott Massacre of 1817.

This battle was the first U.S. defeat of the Seminole Wars and took place at what is now River Landing Park in Chattahoochee. A large force of Red Stick Creek, Seminole, Miccosukee and maroon (Black Seminole) warriors captured a U.S. Army supply boat commanded by Lt. Richard W. Scott of the 7th Infantry Regiment.

The attack ended with the deaths of 34 U.S. soldiers, 6 women and 4 children. A seventh woman, Mrs. Elizabeth Stewart, was taken prisoner and later freed by Brig. Gen. William McIntosh’s U.S. Creek Brigade at the Battle of Econfina.

The kickoff press conference formally announced plans for a commemorative event that will be held at River Landing Park in Chattahoochee on December 1 & 2, 2017:

Plans for the event include living history encampments and demonstrations, memorial services, exhibits, vendors, a marker unveiling, music and entertainment, a chance to meet Florida authors, a military parade and more. The event has been named an official event for the 7th Infantry Living History Association, which portrays the regiment of Lt. Scott and many of his men.

Additional reenactors, vendors, exhibitors and entertainers are needed. If you are interested in the era of the First Seminole War (1817-1818) and would like to participate, please email Chattahoochee Main Street at info@chattahoocheemainstreet.org or call (850) 663-2323/(623) 249-0076.

Here are some additional photos from this week’s press conference:

Dale Cox, author of "The Scott Massacre of 1817," speaks at the press conference.
Dale Cox, author of “The Scott Massacre of 1817,” speaks at the press conference.
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Discussion about the history of River Landing Park and the Scott Massacre of 1817 continued long after the end of the press conference.
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“Lizzie got a gun!” Elizabeth Stewart (portrayed by Two Egg TV’s Rachael Conrad) shows off her weaponry skills.
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Elizabeth Stewart (L), the sole female survivor of the battle, talks with Creek reenactors.
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Living history was on display at the announcement press conference.

To learn more about River Landing Park, site of the Scott Massacre of 1817, please enjoy this video from Chattahoochee Main Street, Visit Florida and Two Egg TV:

          

 

 

Chattahoochee begins restoration of lost Indian mound

Dirt for the restoration next to the last remnant of a destroyed mound at River Landing Park in Chattahoochee, Florida.
Dirt for the restoration next to the last remnant of a destroyed mound at River Landing Park in Chattahoochee, Florida.

The Florida city of Chattahoochee is bringing back a lost part of its culture and landscape.

The first loads of dirt have been brought in to begin the restoration of a prehistoric Native American mound that was destroyed more than 30 years ago.

Restoration of the lost mound was recommended by Dr. Nancy White, PhD, of the University of South Florida in her archaeological survey of the note Chattahoochee Landing Mound Group. The site once included seven prehistoric platform mounds but only three remain today. The restoration project will bring back one of the destroyed mounds to create a fourth.

Work is now underway to restore one of the lost mounds at River Landing Park.
Work is now underway to restore one of the lost mounds at River Landing Park.

The project was organized by Chattahoochee Main Street, the City of Chattahochee and Old Kitchen Media (parent company of Two Egg TV). Design work for the project was donated by David H. Melvin, Inc. Consulting Engineers of Marianna.

The site of the lost mound was relocated and its design was determined from the descriptions of local residents who remember seeing it prior to its destruction. The mound was on private property when it was destroyed, but the site is now on public lands.

The purpose of the project is to restore one of the mounds to its original shape so it can be used as a display and interpretive station where visitors can learn about the mounds, their purpose and their configuration.

A wider view of the restoration site. The mound will be used as an interpretive exhibit.
A wider view of the restoration site. The mound will be used as an interpretive exhibit.

The only surviving part of the original mound is a section held in place by the roots of a tree. That section will be surrounded by a special fabric so future researchers can distinguish the original from the restoration. The rest of the mound will then be restored around it.

Researchers believe that the construction of the mounds began during the Swift Creek era. This culture dates back to the around the 100 A.D. in the area.  Georgia’s  Kolomoki Mounds and Florida’s Crystal River site also date from this time period.

The Chattahoochee Landing Mound Group remained in use through the middle Fort Walton time period before being abandoned somewhere around 1,000-1,200 A.D.

One of the three surviving mounds at River Landing Park in Chattahoochee, Florida.
One of the three surviving mounds at River Landing Park in Chattahoochee, Florida.

The seven mounds are believed to have been platform mounds, meaning they were used as bases or platforms for important homes or ceremonial structures. Associated village areas were located north and south of the mounds, as well as across the river.

The restoration project will take several months to complete and most of its cost is being funded through donations. If you would like to help with a donation, please contact Chattahoochee Main Street at (850) 663-2323 or (623) 249-0076. You can also reach them by email at info@chattahoocheemainstreet.org.

The City of Chattahoochee and Gadsden County are providing labor, dirt and other assistance.

To learn more about River Landing Park, site of the Chattahoochee Landing Mound Group, please enjoy this video from Chattahoochee Main Street, Visit Florida and Two Egg TV:

          

 

 

WTVY to feature Two Egg in May!

WTVY journalist Kimberly Hyde (R) talks with Robert Long, Sr. (C) and Dale Cox (L).
WTVY journalist Kimberly Hyde (R) talks with Robert Long, Sr. (C) and Dale Cox (L).

TwoEgg.TV had fun today hosting Kimberly Hyde, one of our friends from WTVY-TV in Dothan, Alabama. She is preparing a feature to be aired on WTVY in May.

Kimberly is working on a series of stories that WTVY will air over several days beginning May 9th. Her stories will focus on the good things about life in small American towns and Two Egg is one of several communities that she is visiting. One of our other favorite communities – Screamer, Alabama – will also be featured!

TwoEgg.TV General Manager Rachael Conrad coordinated a visit for the multi-media journalist to the Long Cane Syrup operation on Highway 69 in Two Egg. Robert Long, Sr. spoke with her about the growing operation that is a much-loved part of the community.

This year’s Robert E. Long Cane Syrup Day  will take place on the morning of Saturday, December 2nd.

The story will also feature author and historian Dale Cox who was interviewed about the unique history of Two Egg and what he loves about being from the area.

Here are some photos from today’s visit!

Robert Long, Sr. (L) and Dale Cox (R) discuss the heritage of syrup making in the Two Egg area.
Robert Long, Sr. (L) and Dale Cox (R) discuss the heritage of syrup making in the Two Egg area.
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Robert Long, Sr. discusses his family’s 1947 Thompson Foundry cane grinder. It was manufactured in Thomasville, Georgia.
WTVY's Kimberly Hyde interviews Dale Cox about the history of Two Egg, Florida.
WTVY’s Kimberly Hyde interviews Dale Cox about the history of Two Egg, Florida.

If you would like a behind the scenes look at the annual Robert E. Long Cane Syrup Day, enjoy this video essay from Two Egg TV’s Rachael Conrad:

Gopher Tortoise Day in Two Egg, Florida

gopherHappy Gopher Tortoise Day!

The Gopher Tortoise Council has officially adopted April 10th as Gopher Tortoise Day in Florida. It is a day set aside to raise public awareness about these incredible tortoises.

Two Egg TV celebrates with our new story on the history of gopher tortoises in Jackson and Washington Counties, Florida. Just click play to watch:

If you would like to learn even more about gopher tortoises, please consider this nicely produced story from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). Just click play to watch:

Here are some links for additional information, including coloring sheets and activity books for kids:

Skunk Ape at Falling Waters State Park??!!

Did a visitor spot a Skunk Ape or Bigfoot at Falling Waters State Park in Chipley, Florida?!

A woman claims that she did so our Two Egg TV investigators went to take a look! Here’s what we found:

The waterfall is seasonal but was flowing beautifully during our visit (April 4, 2017). The spring leaves are out and the park was gorgeous (even if we didn’t see a Bigfoot!).

Click here to read the original story on this sighting from BackPackerVerse: http://backpackerverse.com/chipley-creature-appalachian-trail/

To learn more about this fantastic park, please visit: www.exploresouthernhistory.com/fallingwaters1.html

New Video Tours of River Landing Park in Chattahoochee, Florida

Two Egg TV is pleased to have worked with Chattahoochee Main Street and Visit Florida to produce two new walking tours of historic River Landing Park.

The first of these is the short version, which runs a little over six minutes:

The second is the long version of the tour, which gives you a chance to experience a full walking tour of River Landing Park and its many historic, natural and archaeological sites. It runs around 24 minutes:

Please click here to learn more about the prehistoric Chattahoochee Landing Indian Mounds.

 

The Creek War at Pittman Ferry in Holmes County, Florida

Pittman Ferry (now East Pittman Creek Landing) was an important landmark of the Creek War in the Florida Panhandle.
Pittman Ferry (now East Pittman Creek Landing) was an important landmark of the Creek War in the Florida Panhandle.

Pittman Ferry, now called East Pittman Creek Landing, is a park and boat landing on the Choctawhatchee River in Holmes County, Florida.

Developed by the Northwest Florida Water Management District, the landing is adjacent to the State Road 2 bridge and marks the northern end of the state-designated Choctawhatchee River Blueway paddling trail.

Pittman Ferry played an important role in the last stand of the Creek Indians east of the Mississippi River. Learn the story by clicking play on this video:

Pittman Ferry served as a landing for paddlewheel riverboats into the 20th century and – as the name implies – was the location of an early ferry crossing.

Today’s East Pittman Creek Landing is a beautiful little bluff-top park area. Amenities including a paved boat ramp, picnic tables, grill and portable toilets. The park is open daily and is just off State Road 2 at the end of Choctawhatchee Lane.

Directions and more information:

Northwest Florida Water Management District East Pittman Creek

Choctawhatchee River Blueway Guide

Also of interest:

Historical Marker unveiled in Chipley, Florida

New historical marker unveiled in Chipley, Florida.
Dale Cox (L) and Dorothy Pyfrom Odom (R) unveil new historical marker in Chipley, Florida.

The Washington County Historical Society hosted an unveiling ceremony today for a new marker at the South Third Street Historic District in Chipley, Florida.

Members of the historical society were hand for the unveiling, as were city and county officials and citizens of the area.

Here’s a quick video clip of the actual unveiling:

The marker was funded by a donation from area author and historian Dale Cox and is the third he has funded in the area.

He indicates that other citizens are joining with him to fund two additional markers that will be placed later this year at Chattahoochee in Gadsden County and Two Egg in Jackson County. Work is also underway to mark historic sites in Holmes County.

The text for the new South Third Street Historic District marker was written by members of the Washington County Historical Society:

SOUTH THIRD STREET
HISTORIC DISTRICT

Designated a Historic District in 1989.

This street is one of the first residential areas in Chipley. Though a railroad town in the beginning, Chipley was, and remains primarily an agricultural center. Notable due to an array of late 19th & 20th century homes which served as residences to many of Chipley’s most prominent citizens. The district began developing less than 10 years after Chipley was founded along the tracks of the P&A Railroad, which reached here in 1882. The district appears today essentially as it has since the late 1930s.

A beautifully restored private home in Chipley's Third Street Historic District.
A beautifully restored private home in Chipley’s South Third Street Historic District.

The Historic District can be accessed by turning south onto Third Street from Historic U.S. Highway 90 by the Washington County Courthouse. The marker will be straight ahead on your right.

To see the many historic homes in the district, several of which are of the beautiful Queen Anne architectural style, continue past the marker and just drive along the street or enjoy a stroll along the street.

More information is available at the Washington County Historical Society Museum, 685 7th Street, Chipley, Florida 32428.

The museum is open on Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  You can visit their website anytime at www.washingtoncountymuseum.org.

You can also learn more about great points of interest in Chipley and Washington County at http://visitwcfla.com/.

Watch for more on Chipley’s South Third Street Historic District here on Two Egg TV in the near future!

1842 Creek Indian attack at Orange Hill near Chipley, Florida

The Perkins attack or massacre took place somewhere on the top of Orange Hill in Washington County, Florida.
The Perkins attack or massacre took place somewhere on the top of Orange Hill in Washington County, Florida.

Orange Hill near Chipley is one of the highest hills in the State of Florida.

It was settled in the early 1800s and by 1842 was a thriving little community of farmers and planters. Among these was Stephen Perkins, a farmer and the head of a growing family that included his wife and four children.

Their dreams ended in disaster on August 31, 1842 when they were attacked by a party of Creek Indian warriors. Here is the full story:

The story of how and why the small band of Muscogee (Creek) Indians wound up in the area is equally tragic. They escaped into Florida from a concentration camp in Alabama after being attacked there by white outlaws.

From that time until 1844 they carried out occasional raids against frontier homes to obtain food, ammunition and other necessities.

When attacked in Alabama they had seen unarmed members of their group killed and assaulted and once in Florida they often took revenge during raids against frontier homes and farms.

Learn more about one such band of Creeks in this video: