As part of the celebration of the recent launching of its Creek Heritage Trail in Decatur County, Ga., the Historic Chattahoochee Commission and Bainbridge State College are partnering on an exciting free educational event.

On Thursday, Nov. 21, at 12:15 p.m. (EST), noted Seminole War scholar Dr. Joe Knetsch will speak about the Battle of Fowltown in the Charles H. Kirbo Regional Center on Bainbridge State’s main campus. The event is timed to coincide with 196th anniversary of the battle, which took place a short distance from downtown Bainbridge and is widely regarded as the first battle of the Seminole Wars. The event is free to the public.

Dr. Knetsch is an authority on the Seminole Wars and the author of several books on the subject, including Florida’s Seminole Wars; 1817-1858, and Fear and Anxiety on the Florida Frontier: The Second Seminole War. He currently serves on the board of the Seminole Wars Foundation. The Battle of Fowltown, named after an important Native American village, took place after American officials demanded its residents leave the area in the tumultuous aftermath of the Creek War of 1813-14. While a relatively small battle, the fight initiated a series of wars known as the Seminole Wars, which raged for decades and dramatically impacted southeastern U.S. history.

The HCC, through a grant from the Georgia Department of Economic Development with support from several local institutions, recently dedicated an outdoor interpretive center focusing on the Seminole Wars in Bainbridge. Part of the developing Creek Heritage Trail, it is located in historic Chason Park. The Trail is a major new heritage tourism resource being developed in the 18-county Chattahoochee Trace region served by the HCC. It focuses on the causes and consequences of the Creek War of 1813, the opening phases of the Seminole Wars, the Creek War of 1836, and the saga of Creek Removal.

The HCC is a state agency of both Alabama and Georgia charged with promoting heritage tourism, history education and historic preservation. For further information, contact HCC at (334) 687-9755 or Bainbridge State College at (229) 248-2596. Inquiries are welcomed by email at


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