Friends of Old Fort Madison set to purchase battlefield
FORT MADISON, Iowa (AP) — Friends of Old Fort Madison has agreed to purchase a War of 1812 battlefield in Fort Madison.
The Hawk Eye (http://bit.ly/1IuRbDi ) reports that the organization agreed to buy the battlefield on Tuesday in a $50,000 deal with the Archaeological Conservancy, a preservation group that maintains historic sites throughout the United States. Friends of Old Fort Madison was short $16,000 until Christy Sue Rickers of Vail, Colo., agreed to donate the money last week.
The group received donations from more than 106 people for the purchase, but fundraising will need to continue to maintain the property. According to archaeologist John Doershuk, the group will need about $15,000 to tear up the pavement and start planting grass on what used to be the old Sheaffer Pen Co. parking lot.
“It is fantastic you were able to motivate the community and the larger world to get going on this,” Doershuk said at the meeting Tuesday.
The fort’s original site was discovered in 1965 when Scheaffer Pen found historical article artifacts while installing a water line throughout its parking lot.
The original Fort Madison was completed in 1811 near the former Sheaffer Pen Co. factory. The fort was abandoned in 1813 after supply lines from St. Louis were cut off during the war.
Information from: The Hawk Eye, http://www.thehawkeye.com