There are numerous possibilities of what you and your group/students may experience when within the palisades of historic Fort Loudoun. During the fort’s active years (1756-1760) you would have found soldiers, women and children participating in numerous activities that you may wish your group to experience for themselves. We are happy to oblige! Listed below are some of the many 18th century experiences that can be incorporated into our standard program that will customize your day.
The Life of a Soldier (standard): Your group will meet with a member of our park staff dressed in the red wool uniform of the British army. Recruits will be told the requirements of those wishing to enlist in the King’s service, given an explanation of the uniform, rations and equipment, march through a military drill that those at Fort Loudoun would have performed, and see our soldier fire a flint-lock musket. Is your group ready to be one of the Independent Company of South Carolina’s finest? Huzzah!
The Evolution of Firearms: Interested in how far our fire-power-tech has come? This is the program for you! Your group will see how military firearms changed through the centuries up to the time of Fort Loudoun. Not only is the story fascinating and the weaponry amazing, our demonstration pieces also work! Prepare yourself for an explosive demonstration of historical technology!
18th Century Medicine: If your group members are not crazy about going to the physician in this modern time, wait until they experience state-of-the-art 18th century medicine inside Fort Loudoun’s infirmary. Yikes! Your group will get to step inside a recreation of an 18th century military infirmary to learn about the healing arts of bleeding, puking and purging and other “cures” that Fort Loudoun’s Dr. Maurice Anderson would have performed with medicines and tools considered state-of the art for 1750’s. Wow! Medical technology has come a long way. Aren’t you glad you live in the 21st century?
Laundry Day at Fort Loudoun: Oh, the drudgery of daily chores! Well, the laundry is important and someone has to do it; but whom? Fort Loudoun’s laundry wench, of course! Your group will get to meet with Fort Loudoun’s laundry wench and see how the shirts and stockings for over 100 soldiers would have been washed without our modern appliances.
Trade in the Overhills: Both the British and the Cherokee needed essentials when they lived out here in the overhill country. How did they get the things they needed and how did they pay? Inside the barracks, your group will find one of South Carolina’s traders licensed to trade with the Cherokee people. Our trader will show you the goods that he has brought in from Charles Town and let you know what it would have cost and if the prices were fair. I hope you brought enough pelts with you to go shopping 1750’s style!
We are excited to be able to provide your group/class with a one-of-a-kind experience here at Fort Loudoun State Historic Area. Contact our park office to schedule your guided group tour and let us take your group back in time.