Snowy Range Pass

Snowy Range Pass

Tuesday, December 03, 2019

Fort Toulouse -Fort Jackson park and campground, Wetumpka, Alabama

24 Oct 2019

Our last stop before heading home was the Fort Toulouse/Jackson campground.  The campground is located on a historical site that first had European occupation in 1717 when soldiers from French Louisiana contacted the Alibamu native tribe. These natives were part of the Creek Confederacy and invited them to build a fort along the river. The French would later build two replacement forts.  A more detailed history can be read here.

The campground has 39 sites along the Coosa River with power and water.  We spent a quiet evening along the river.

In the morning, we walked over to the partial reconstruction of fortifications built by General Andrew Jackson in 1814. It included a moat and seven-foot-high walls that created a 15-foot barrier to attackers.  It is worth noting that the fort was built less than a year before he defeated the British in January of 1815.

Today, there are several replica buildings on the site including one of fort Toulouse III (1751 to 1763) and several native American structures.   Nearby is a Native American Mississippian mound which dates to 1100AD.  We did not visit the mound, so we will have to go back in the future.


Phyllis said...

UM..., I'll have to check out how far this is from our home here in Cullman, AL. Having only lived here 3 years we are still getting familiar with the state.

Paul and Marti Dahl said...

It's amazing how much history is around the United States. I enjoy all these hidden gems you find and post about. :c)

Nickie and Jim said...

It might not be surprising, but this is one we missed in our Alabama travels. I agree with Paul and Marti.