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Students explore Alabama history

Students from Straughn Elementary and W.S. Harlan Elementary visited Fort Toulouse-Jackson this week for Frontier Days.

With its Indian mounds, the fort’s rich history dates back more than 6,000 years. The French constructed their first fort near the junction of the Tallapoosa and Coosa Rivers in 1717.

Three forts were built by the French before they lost the French and Indian War in 1763, when they abandoned the site. A new large earthen fort was erected in 1814 and named in honor of Gen. Andrew Jackson.

Fort Toulouse/Jackson National Historic Site is located off Highway 231 in Wetumpka. Almost every month, visitors may enjoy living history events, and Frontier Days are  held each year in November.

For more information, visit fttoulousejackson.org.

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