Ft. Toulouse/Ft. Jackson

It's hard to imagine what things were like 10,000 years ago, but we do know this, Wetumpka was full of Indians. And there were no tee pees. The homes were made with mud and sticks and huge leaves were woven together to make up the roof. You can see what it looked like by visiting the Fort Toulouse/Ft. Jackson Park in Wetumpka.

In the 1700's things really started to change. "The French were invited here by the Indians in 1717 to establish a diplomatic trade and living post," said Jim Parker with the Ft. Toulouse/Ft. Jackson Park. "And that's when Ft. Toulouse devloped, if it wasn't for the rivers and Indians the French wouldn't have come here."

Fort Toulouse was built back in 1714. It was surrounded by a huge fence. Inside there were barracks, a storage house and a huge brick oven. The French and the Indians had a great trading relationship in Wetumpka, but that would change in the 1760's when British Troops took over the area at the end of the French and Indian War. In 1812 the U.S. declared war on Britain and one of the leaders was Andres Jackson. After a decisive U.S. victory Ft. Toulouse was renamed Ft. Jackson. "Fort Jackson was built in 1814 it was one of the last big fights in the War of 1812, the treaty of Fort Jackson was signed here and gave 200 million acres to the U.S. and opened A labama to settlement.

You can see a recreation of these historical events by checking out Frontier Days in Wetumpka. It's November 2-5th at the Ft. Toulouse/Ft. Jackson state park.