Living History Program

The rich history of Turkey Creek Nature Preserve dates back to documented prehistoric Native American inhabitants. During the early days of Alabama statehood, the Preserve played a key role in the birth of industry in this area by the works of early entrepreneur and industrialist, David Hanby. The Hanby family ran a grist mill and a small iron forge on the banks of Turkey Creek. David Hanby’s forge made horseshoes for the Confederacy until he was killed by Union Soldiers on April 19th, 1865.

In our Living History Program, participants will get to learn about Preserve history, see real artifacts and tools associated with early settlement, and experience reenactments of life at Turkey Creek in the 19th century.

Appropriate age groups: Any age!

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