200 Alabama Bicentennial

Celebrating Alabama’s 200th birthday2017 2018 2019

This year, two of Alabama’s oldest and most significant historic landmarks celebrated momentous anniversaries.

St. Stephens served as Alabama’s territorial capital from 1817 to 1819. To commemorate its bicentennial, the site held an official ceremony on October 7 at the St. Stephens Historical Park in Washington County. Festivities included living history vignettes performed by local school children, historical reenactments, and demonstrations of traditional arts and skills.

Since its founding by French settlers in 1717, Fort Toulouse-Fort Jackson has become one of the most important historical and archaeological sites in Alabama. Each year, the Alabama Historical Commission hosts a four-day celebration to honor those who once lived and served at the fort. From November 1-4, Fort Toulouse-Fort Jackson Frontier Days offered visitors a glimpse of the last 300 years with historical reenactors, authentic Indian hoop dances, cannon demonstrations, delicious frontier-themed food, and an official ceremony to celebrate its tricentennial.

Congratulations to St. Stephens and Fort Toulouse-Fort Jackson for their distinguished milestones and for continuing to serve important roles in Alabama’s proud history.

For more bicentennial events, visit our community events calendar.