The Fort Strother site will provide a glimpse into Alabama’s early history. It connects us with a time before Alabama was even a state, when Native American tribes still walked the forests. Although the Creek War of 1813-14 is not as well-known as other eras in our state’s history, this site can potentially aid the local economy by drawing in both tourists and scholars.
I hope the County Commission will take measures to prevent the site from being looted by unscrupulous relic hunters looking to make a quick buck. The history that this site represents is the common heritage of all Alabamians, as are the 200-year-old artifacts which may be contained therein.
For this reason, our county government must enact a policy to ensure that any material remains at the site end up in a museum, and not in the hands of a wealthy, private collector.
— Wayne Gaston, Moody