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September 29, 2015

Contact: John Davis
Fort Towson Historic Site, Oklahoma Historical Society
Office: 580-873-2634

Historic Candlelight Tours Scheduled for October 16 and 17 at Fort Towson

Fort Towson, Okla. — Come and experience the history of southeastern Oklahoma at the annual Doaksville Candlelight Tours. Tours will be held October 16 and 17, 2015, beginning at 6:30 p.m., with the last tour departing at 9:30 p.m. The tour will start and end with a short hayride under the stars. A guide will take visitors on a 45-minute walking tour through the streets of this once prominent town. 

Doaksville was the ending point for the Choctaw Trail of Tears and became the Choctaw Nation's first capital in the mid-1830s. The town served as a major metropolitan establishment in the region. Confederate General Stand Watie surrendered at Doaksville, officially ending the Civil War on June 23, 1865.

The charge for the event is $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 6 to 12. Children under 6 are admitted free. To make a reservation or to obtain information about the event, please may contact the Fort Towson Historic Site at 580-873-2634 Tuesday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or by email at jdavis@okhistory.org.

Fort Towson Historic Site is a division of the Oklahoma Historical Society. The mission of the Oklahoma Historical Society is to collect, preserve and share the history and culture of the state of Oklahoma and its people. Founded in 1893 by members of the Territorial Press Association, the OHS maintains 31 museums, historic sites and affiliates across the state. Through its research archives, exhibits, educational programs and publications the OHS chronicles the rich history of Oklahoma. For more information about the OHS, please visit www.okhistory.org.  

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