Fort Loudoun Winter Lecture Series: Master And Commander

The Fort Loudoun Association and the Fort Loudoun State Historic Area staff announce the first lecture in the 2015 Winter Lecture Series, “Movies fact or Fiction: Master and Commander” Jim Hamilton will present the program on Saturday, January 31 at 1 p.m. at Fort Loudon State Historic Area’s visitor center.

On numerous occasions, filmmakers have looked to the past for inspiration, and the way these artists represent the past often influences the way we perceive it. This year Fort Loudoun State Historic Area’s winter lecture series will examine several films and television shows to explore the ways directors, actors, and moviemakers have represented history on the screen. The third of these will be Peter Weir’s 2003 film, Master and Commander. This film depicts the events of the war at sea during the Napoleonic Wars of the 1800s, and continues to influence current public perception on the events of the war. Join us at the park’s visitor center for a screening of the film January 31 at 1:00 PM. After the screening, living historian, Jim Hamilton will explore the events shown in the film and discuss the ways the film depicted them.

Jim Hamilton is a financial executive specializing in international finance and accounting. Mr. Hamilton describes himself as a formally uneducated but well-read and traveled student of colonial and early America, with a particular interest in the British Royal Navy and its impact on international commerce and freedom. He has a passion for sharing what he has learned through living history groups, lecture opportunities and, school and civic events.
Mr. Hamilton has long been a student of history and genealogy, which probably started around 1968 with his first viewing of Walt Disney’s Davy Crocket, King of the Wild Frontier. In 1999, he took the step of becoming a historical interpreter with the New Jersey Light infantry in which he continues to serve as their Senior Sergeant and Organization treasurer.
Around 2002 Mr. Hamilton became a member of the Independent Company of South Carolina Fort Loudoun Garrison where he now portrays Captain William Gerald De Braham, Surveyor General of The Royal Colony of South Carolina and Engineer of construction for Fort Loudoun. Mr. Hamilton also serves as the treasurer of the Fort Loudoun Friends Association Group.
In 2008 at a Fort Loudoun Garrison, a conversation between Mr. Hamilton and others about the lack of a credible Royal Navy living history lead to the formation of the HMS Acasta group. This group focuses on first person interpretation of a Royal Navy Frigate on the North American Station on 1810. On the HMS Acasta, Mr. Hamilton serves as the First Lieutenant.
Mr. Hamilton participated in and/or attended living history events at such sights as Fort Ticonderoga, Fort Niagara, Stirling Castle Scotland, Culloden Battlefield, Fort Dorchester, Fort Ninety Six, Fort Dobbs, Locus Grove Plantation, The Hermitage, George Rogers State Park, Fort Loudoun, Guilford Courthouse National Historic Battlefield, Kings Mountain National Park, and others.
The 2015 Winter Lecture Series will be held each Saturday from January 17 to February 7 at 1 p.m. Admission is free. The final film discussion in this popular series will be on February 7, as Ranger Joshua Kirby will discuss an episode from AMC’s 2014 series, Turn: Washington’s Spies.

Fort Loudoun State Historic Area is located in Vonore, TN. For additional information, contact the park office at 423-884-6217 or fortloudoun@tds.net.

Join Us for our 2015 Winter Lecture Series

On numerous occasions, filmmakers have looked to the past for inspiration, and the way these artists represent the past often influences the way we perceive it. This year Fort Loudoun State Historic Area’s winter lecture series will examine several films and television shows to explore the ways directors, actors, and movie makers have represented history on the screen. The 2015 Winter Lecture Series will be held each Saturday from January 17 to February 7 with screenings beginning at  1 p.m. and discussion to follow. Admission is free, with refreshments available for purchase.

2015 Winter Lectures

Fort Loudoun Winter Lecture Series:

The Fort Loudoun Association and the Fort Loudoun State Historic Area staff announce the first lecture in the 2015 Winter Lecture Series, “Movies fact or Fiction: Turn” Joshua Kirby will present the program on Saturday, February 7 at 1 p.m. at Fort Loudoun State Historic Area’s visitor center.

On numerous occasions, filmmakers and television shows have looked to the past for inspiration, and the way these artists represent the past often influences the way we perceive it. This year Fort Loudoun State Historic Area’s winter lecture series will examine several films and television shows to explore the ways directors, actors, and movie makers have represented history on the screen. The first of these will be A&E’s 2014 television series, Turn: Washington’s Spies. This series depicts episodes of espionage in the American Colonies during the War for Interdependence, has influenced current public perception on the events of the war. Join us at the park’s visitor center for a screening of the film February 7 at 1:00 PM. After the screening, Park Ranger Joshua Kirby will explore the events shown in the film and discuss the ways the film depicted them.

Fort Loudoun State Historic Area is located in Vonore, TN. For additional information, contact the park office at 423-884-6217 or fortloudoun@tds.net.

News for the 18th Century Trade Faire 2015!

After a meeting of the fort’s officers last week, it has been determined that in the interest of commerce next years Trade Faire will be moved to October 17-18. Lieutenant Gray has asked me to make this announcement now so as to allow ample time for the public to make preparations. The hours for the faire will remain the same with the gates opening to the public at 10:00 AM for both days, and the grounds remaining open until 5:00 PM.  Additionally, he has told me that he will continue to add updates here as next year’s date nears.

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Now Showing……

Fort_Loudoun_movie_poster_final_CMYK (522x800)Fort Loudoun State Historic Area invites you to view the new documentary, Fort Loudoun: Forsaken By God and Man, Now Showing Daily at the historic area’s visitor center auditorium.

Produced by Nolichucky Pictures, a cinematic media company based in Knoxville, who began filming the documentary in August 2010 with Buck Kahler, Chris Albrecht, Debra Dylan and the documentary’s cast and crew of 198 volunteers, including five scholars and two educational consultants. The documentary’s title derives from a quote attributed to Captain Paul Demere, commander of Fort Loudoun at the time of the surrender of the fort.
A 30-minute version of the documentary will be broadcast on East Tennessee PBS in early August. At that time, a DVD of the documentary and a special feature about the archaeology of Fort Loudoun and the Tellico Reservoir Project will be available for purchase. The documentary is made possible by Pellissippi State Community College, Humanities Tennessee, Nolichucky Pictures, East Tennessee PBS and the Fort Loudoun Association.
Prior to this new documentary, The Fort Loudoun Story debuted at the visitor center in the fall of 2004. Buck Kahler and Chris Albrecht also produced this documentary, which won awards from the Tennessee Association of Museums and the Oak Ridge Film Festival. The 2004 film was a welcome update to an dated audiovisual program that had been shown at the visitor center since 1983.
Fort Loudoun State Historic Area is a 1,200-acre site on the location of one of the earliest British fortifications on the western frontier, built in 1756. Nearby were the principal towns of the Cherokee Nation including Tenase, namesake of our state, and Tuskegee, birthplace of Sequoyah. Today the fort and the 1794 Tellico Blockhouse overlook TVA’s Tellico Reservoir and the Appalachian Mountains and are located one mile off Highway 411 on Highway 360 in Vonore.
For more information about the park or a complete schedule of events for the Living History Program 2013, please contact the Fort Loudoun State Historic Area office at 423-884-6217.

Skype with Fort Loudoun!

Fort Loudoun staff are excited to have the ability to offer their award-winning educational programs to students of all ages. Participants in the program will see parts of the reconstructed fort, witness demonstrations of the soldiers’ equipment and interact with interpretive staff dressed in period attire. Teachers also have the ability to introduce students to the complex diplomatic relationships between the English and Native people of the Southeastern U.S., using the story of Fort Loudoun. Students and educators will learn about the different people who lived at the fort during its four-year existence and the life of the solider in the king’s service during the French and Indian War. To participate or for further information, visit the Skype in the Classroom website at the park’s Skype in the Classroom partner page, or contact the park at 423-884-6217, hobart.akin@tn.gov, or fortloudoun@tds.net.

Living History Schedule

Garrison Schedule 2015