Thunder on the Three Notch draws big crowd

Published 6:37 pm Monday, May 6, 2024

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Whoever wrote the script for Thunder on the Three Notch did masterful work in putting together a program that tells the story of a battle between the Creek Indians and the settlers in Pike and Barbour counties.

Although it’s not possible to step back time, it is possible to be a part of the recreation of events of history significance.

Such is the Pioneer Museum of Alabama’s annual living history event “Thunder on the Three Notch,” said Barbara Tatom, museum director.

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The battle is held in the spring and attracts visitors from the local area and from more distant places.

“Thunder on the Three Notch” was Friday and Saturday at the Pioneer Museum of Alabama. Those in attendance had opportunities to be a part of living history with historical encampments and demonstrations, working crafters, participation opportunities and to witness a re-enactment of the battle between the Creek Indians and the settlers near Hobdy’s Bridge.”

Tatom said attendance was good both Friday and Saturday and the crowds were attentive and appreciative.

“We were pleased with the number of local people as well as those from close by, including Enterprise and Opelika, and from the Florida Panhandle,” Tatom said.

On Saturday “Thunder” benefitted from weekend travelers, from Georgia, Tennessee, Mississippi and Washington State.

“We are always delighted when visitors to the museum have such good comments about the museum and the events attended,” Tatom said. “But, we could not do what we do here at the museum without the support of our board, our staff and our volunteers. “

Tatom said it was a good weekend for bringing history to life. After all, that was the hope of  Curren Farmer, the founder of the Pike Pioneer Museum, which has grown to be the Pioneer Museum of Alabama.

“Mr. Farmer’s desire was for others to learn from the past,” Tatom said. “That remains the desire of the Pioneer Museum of Alabama.”