Mahler at Fort Chokonikla reenactment

Fort Chokonikla re-enactors are part of the fun at Paynes Creek Historic State Park on March 9-10.

Arcadia writer/historian Carol Mahler performs original songs during the Fort Chokonikla reenactment, rescheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 9-10 at Paynes Creek Historic State Park, 888 Lake Branch Road, Bowling Green. Rain had earlier postponed the popular event.  

Recreated by state park staff and volunteers, the Fort Chokonikla reenactment portrays the 1849 Seminole attack on the Kennedy-Darling Trading Post and the subsequent founding of the fort. Vendors will offer period-specific arts and crafts, child activities, black-powder demonstrations and food. Mahler will have her books to sell and sign as well as publications by the DeSoto County Historical Society. The Park Visitors Center includes a museum that details the lives of Seminole Indians and pioneers in the 19th century. Entrance fee is $3 per vehicle, or $2 each for pedestrians or bicyclists. adam.dunham@dep.state.fl.us, 863-375-4717.

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