Archive for September, 2013


The Kids’ View: Forts and Casinos

[Today Sons #1 (10) and #2 (8) give their reactions to our recent weekend trip to Atmore and Fort Mims. It’s remarkable how much they prove willing to write when doing so gets them a day off from their regular writing homework!] Son #1: We had a fun trip to Fort Mims. We stayed in […]

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A Blistering Bicentennial at Fort Mims

Where: Fort Mims (Tensaw, AL) Who: The Whole Clan When: August 31, 2013   You think I don’t understand what you’ve told me–what you’ve been through? Well, I understand very well. When I was about your age I was in the Creek uprising, right after the Fort Mims massacre—yes.  Grandma Fontaine to Scarlett, Gone with […]

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The Legend of Railroad Bill

On March 7, 1896, a famous outlaw was shot dead while eating crackers and cheese in a general store in Atmore, Alabama. The outlaw, Morris Slater, was better known as “Railroad Bill.” He was an African-American train robber who had murdered two men, including the sheriff of Escambia County. Authorities had been hunting him since […]

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An Independent Nation Inside Alabama

Where: Atmore, AL Who: The Whole Clan When: August 30-31, 2013 Not every group of American Indians in Alabama was forced to walk the Trail of Tears in the 1830s. One tribe was allowed to remain in its ancestral home on a reservation to this day. The Poarch Creek Indians are the only federally recognized Indian […]

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