Byline: Morgan Taylor/Multimedia Producer
CHECOTAH, Oklahoma – The Honey Springs Battlefield and Visitor Center cut the ribbon to its’ curated exhibits of the largest known Civil War battle on Saturday, Nov. 5.
The completed facility includes a gift shop to the left of the front entry where replicated items, books, and even handmade native items can be purchased. Walking straight forward, visitors will be greeted at the admissions and information desk.
To the right is the 3D exhibit providing a unique experience, bringing to life the staged mannequins clothed in the uniforms of that time with the opportunity to listen to 14 individual audio clips from soldiers written firsthand and later recorded.
Above the exhibit is a screen that plays a brief reenactment of the story of Honey Springs, allowing the visual experience of the battle. Exhibits highlight firearms, artillery, and ammunition both sides use at the battle.
According to Director Adam Lynn, the idea is to offer an immersive experience for visitors.
Walking back through the front lobby onto the left side of the facility has more real-life exhibits that give the era imagery. This side breaks down the many conflicts of the Civil War that took place in OK, which was still Indian Territory (I.T.) at the time. Visitors can also find a library containing hundreds of books on the Civil War.
Lynn said some artifacts are original and replicated throughout the facility.
“In addition to our reenactment, this is the next best thing,” Lynn said.
Muscogee people played a huge role in the battle that was fought on their land.
“They fought for both sides of this battle,” Lynn said.
Many tried to flee to Kansas to avoid the conflict and were caught by the Union Army and forced to fight with them, Lynn said.
“Many Natives did not want to fight at all,” he said.
Unfortunately, the battle was devastating to the Native populations and economy.
There is much more to be learned about the devastating battle to be discovered at the center, which is now open Tuesday-Saturday, 9 AM -5 PM.
Call 918-617-7125 or email Lynn at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.