Farris Powell (left) and Terry Lee Lambert work on patterns to help volunteers planning to sew authentic clothing for the Scott 1817 Seminole War Battle event.

An educational opportunity affiliated with the annual Scott 1817 Seminole War Battle event turned into a pattern-making and sewing party on Saturday (9/29).

The “School of the Settler and Indian” was the second such event hosted by organizers of the Scott 1817 reenactment. Its purpose is to provide information to volunteers who would like to join in the battle reenactments, associated living history events or serve as docents to answer public questions during the living history weekend which is now just two months away!

After learning more about this year’s planned events from historian and organizer Dale Cox and representatives of Chattahoochee Main Street, participants in Saturday’s activities learned about the clothing of the historic Muscogee (Creek) and Seminole Indians as well as frontier settlers of the time period 1790-1821. Farris Powell (Blue Heron) gave an overview of styles of the time period and then helped the audience prepare patterns and demonstrated how to cut and sew authentic material.

The class listens to descriptions of clothing worn by Native Americans and settlers in 1790-1821.

The school was planned for two hours but lasted more than twice that time as volunteers jumped in and began making patterns and cutting and sewing clothes. The result is a nice number of new participants for this year’s event!

The annual Scott 1817 Seminole War Battle is hosted by Chattahoochee Main Street and Two Egg TV to tell the story of the first U.S. defeat of the Seminole Wars.

Chattahoochee’s River Landing Park was the site of that battle, which took place on November 30, 1817. Angered over U.S. attacks on the Creek village of Fowltown, a large force of Native American and maroon (escaped slave) warriors attacked an American army boat on the Apalachicola River. The vessel was commanded by Lt. Richard W. Scott and carried 40 soldiers, 7 women and 4 children.

Another scene from the School of the Settler and Indian held in Chattahoochee on Saturday (9/30).

The Creek/Seminole victory led the Monroe Administration to order Maj. Gen. Andrew Jackson’s 1818 invasion of Spanish Florida and was a key negotiating matter in the treaty by which Spain agreed to transfer possession of Florida to the United States.

This year’s event is set for November 30-December 2. Friday will be School Day, with living history events and other activities planned for area school and home school students. Saturday and Sunday will be the main public days and will feature living history demonstrations, encampments of Native Americans, frontier settlers and soldiers; the reconstructed 38-foot keelboat Aux Arc which is similar to the vessel commanded by Lt. Scott; battle reenactments both days, exhibits, vendors, food and more!

The Scott 1817 Seminole War Battle is free to attend and takes place annually on the first weekend in December at River Landing Park in Chattahoochee, Florida. Learn more by watching this 60-second video or by visiting Scott1817.com.