Historical Society to meet Sunday

Blakeley director will speak

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Posted 4/20/21

The Baldwin County Historical Society announces a program and meeting planned for April 25, 2021 at the Loxley City Hall. The program will be presented by Mike Bunn, Director of Blakeley State Park …

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Historical Society to meet Sunday

Blakeley director will speak

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The Baldwin County Historical Society announces a program and meeting planned for April 25, 2021 at the Loxley City Hall. The program will be presented by Mike Bunn, Director of Blakeley State Park and author of numerous historical books. Mr. Bunn will present information from his recent, highly acclaimed book, Fourteenth Colony; The Forgotten Story of the Gulf South During America’s Revolutionary Era. In an interview in the March 2021 Mobile Bay Monthly, by Breck Pappas, Mike says that he spent a year researching this topic before gleaning enough information to start the writing project. Even though Florida did not formally rebel against British rule during the American Revolutionary War, there are many related facts and stories that have been unexplored until now. He details inner workings of the representative government, the early settlement of the area, and immigrant stories of the colony which stretched from Apalachicola River to the Mississippi River. He presents detailed accounts of the military campaigns of the war between Britain and Spain occurring during the period. The author reflects that the stories among the most poignant are those of the individual lives of the settlers, many of whom were French and Spanish, as well as British. John Sledge, renowned historian, says, “He introduces tattooed Indian warriors, indigo cultivators, runaway slaves, harrumphing administrators, determined ship captains, and underfed soldiers…” Mike is author of several books including his most recent, The Assault on Fort Blakeley and Early Alabama: An Illustrated Guide to the Formative Years, 1798-1826. Since becoming Director of the state park, Blakeley has shown dramatic increases in attendance and support. He has directed numerous improvement projects and the delta boat tours, cabins, and special events are usually filled to capacity. The Historical Society is a volunteer organization of persons interested in local history and it strives to increase awareness and appreciation of the history of Baldwin County. The group was formed in 1923, and currently meets four times a year for historical programs. Dues are $10.00 per year, but you do not have to be a member to attend. Your support is appreciated. Please email Harriet or Perry Outlaw, Co-Presidents at bchsociety1923@yahoo.com for more information. Want to go? What: Baldwin County Historical Society meeting When: Sunday, April 25 at 2 p.m. Where: Loxley City Hall More information: Email Harriet or Perry Outlaw, Co-Presidents at bchsociety1923@yahoo.com