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September 1, 2023

Contact: Calista Stephens
Fort Towson Historic Site, Oklahoma Historical Society
Office: 580-873-2634

Reservations Available for Fort Towson Historic Site’s Annual Doaksville Candlelight Tour

FORT TOWSON, Okla. — The annual Doaksville Candlelight Tour will be held on Friday, October 13, and Saturday, October 14, at the Doaksville Archaeological Site in Fort Towson.

The cost for admission is $8. Guests six and under will be admitted for free. Visitors can pre-purchase tickets at the Fort Towson Historic Site or by calling 580-873-2634. Tours begin at 7 p.m. on both nights, with the last tour starting at 9:30 p.m. Tours will leave from the Fort Towson cemetery every 30 minutes. Guests will cross the WPA wall to enter the historic town and begin their guided walking tour. Each tour will last approximately one hour. This event is first come, first served with advanced ticket holders seated first. Guests should be aware that the terrain is rugged.

Written information provides insight into the past. History comes alive when we look at photographs and read the personal accounts of those who came before us in journals, diaries, letters, reports and newspapers. This year’s Doaksville Candlelight Tour will draw upon information gained from “The Choctaw Intelligencer,” one of the two newspapers that operated at Doaksville. Hot topics in 1851 were problems with the mail, a local murder, the lost expedition of Sir John Franklin, Choctaw law enforcement, marriages, flooding, robbery, deaths, a measles outbreak, parties and the recent death of a United States President.

For more information, call 580-873-2634 or email fttowson@history.ok.gov. The Fort Towson Historic Site is located at 896 N 4375 Rd. in Fort Towson.

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 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.


Editor’s Note: Photos of the Fort Towson Historic Site are available upon request.

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