Fort Mitchell to host Pioneer Day, quilt show April 21

Published 6:43 pm Sunday, March 25, 2018

Fort Mitchell, a national historic landmark, will host its annual Pioneer Day on April 21.

For the first time, there will be a quilt show included in the events of the day.  Quilting techniques will be demonstrated at the visitor’s center. The GALA Quilters Guild, the local quilt guild for Columbus and Phenix City and surrounding areas, is volunteering assistance to the Russell County Historic Commission to put on the show.

It is seeking quilts to be put in the show for two categories — quilts made within the past 5 years and quilts older than approximately 50 years old.

Attendees at pioneer day will vote for a viewer’s choice winner from each category. Ribbons will be awarded for best of show for vintage quilts, and first, second and third place in each size of new quilts, along with a best of show. Quilts can be dropped off at two local quilt shops — Sew Much Fun at 7801 Veterans Pkwy in Columbus or Sunday Best Quiltworks at 4517 Harris Rd in Ellerslie, Georgia.  Other drop off sites include the Auburn quilt shop Stitch Therapy at Suite #1 on 555 Opelika Rd in Auburn.  In Phenix City, quilts can be dropped off at office of The Citizen of East Alabama at 2401 Sportsman Drive; or at the Revenue Commissioner’s Office at 1000 Broad Street.

More information about the quilt show, along with entry forms and instructions can be obtained on Facebook@HistoricalFortMitchell or at Questions can be emailed to

Pioneer Day will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Fort Mitchell on Saturday, April 21. Admission costs $5 for adults. Children ages 10 and under admitted free. There is a $20 maximum fee per family.

The site includes an original circa 1840 log cabin home, the visitors center including a museum and theater, the Indian Heritage Center and Memorial,  the carriage house, the reconstructed 1813 stockade fort, a reconstructed trading post and a historic cemetery. Attractions include the quilt show and demonstrations, an art contest, blacksmith demonstrations at the fort, live music by Johnboy Storey and others, food vendors, sweet shop treats, log skidding demonstrations with a mule team, reenactors dressed from the time of the Creek Indian Wars and wagon rides.