Fort Mitchell Historic Site

495-537 Alabama 165, Phenix City, AL 36869

The park features a reconstruction of the 1813 stockade fort that was an important post in the Creek War, a museum with exhibits about the fort's history and a collection of historic carriages, a restored 19th century log home, and a visitor center.

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Description 

Located in Fort Mitchell, Alabama, Fort Mitchell Historic Site is a park and an archaeological site that was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1990. The park features a reconstruction of the 1813 stockade fort that was an important post in the Creek War, a museum with exhibits about the fort's history and a collection of historic carriages, a restored 19th century log home, and a visitor center.

The Chattahoochee Indian Heritage Center is a ceremonial flame memorial to the Creek nation and interpretive panels that recount the history of the Creek War of 1836 and the subsequent forced removals of the Creek peoples along the Trail of Tears. The memorial is located adjacent to Fort Mitchell Historic Site.

The site also features historic burial grounds.

Fort Mitchell Historic Site represents the remains of three different attempts to deal with Native Americans in the United States. The first Fort Mitchell represents the military aspect of Manifest Destiny, by which the Creek Indian Nation was militarily defeated and forced to make concessions of land to the United States. The second represents the Indian Factory, and the last represents the Federal government's attempt to live up to its treaty obligations.

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on June 13, 1972
Reference number
72000178
NR name
Fort Mitchell Site
Areas of significance
Archeology - Aboriginal; Commerce; Archeology - Non-Aboriginal; Military
Level of significance
National
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; D - Information Potential
Property type
Site
Historic functions
Military facility; Restaurant; Fortification; Road-related; Government office
Current function
Park
Period of significance
1800-1824
Significant years
1813; 1817; 1820
Number of properties
Contributing sites: 7

Update Log 

  • May 27, 2011: Added by WillyT

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