- Woman sleeping in car accused of attacking Cape officer (7/26/16)13
- Seeking new history: Centurion Development buys former Woolworth building at 1 N. Main St. (7/28/16)5
- Prosecutor says shooting by state trooper was justified (7/24/16)15
- Cape resident gets seven years in prison for shooting at man (7/26/16)1
- Former Scott City mayor refutes claims made about loss of curbside recycling pickup (7/26/16)
- Burglary of trailer leaves its residents homeless (7/27/16)4
- Golden Corral coming to Cape; may hire 100 workers (7/21/16)10
- Police: Child's video revealed stepfather's abuse of sibling (7/28/16)3
- Foot plots provide habitats and nutrition to attract wildlife, grow populations (7/18/16)
- City may spend extra park tax money on Cape Splash, skate park, other projects (7/25/16)10
Still Standing: Celebrate July 4 at Fort D
ape Girardeau has a history that trails behind it for centuries. Parks and landmarks make Cape Girardeau the town that is today. On July 4, the City of Cape Girardeau Parks and Recreation Department invites you to the Fourth at the Fort reenactment, to visit and relive the story of how historic Fort D protected Cape Girardeau during the Civil War.
"Fort D Park is one of our most visited historic parks. It was used during the Civil War by troops" said Parks Division Manager Brock Davis. "It was used to monitor any Confederate troops coming up or down the river."
Cape Girardeau had four Civil War forts. Only Fort D remains. The Fourth at the Fort reenactment pays homage to the soldiers that resided here in the 1860s.
"This is a pretty neat event. It is run by Scott and Patty House who are a part of the Civil War Round Table Group," said Davis. "They do all of the reenactments there. The current building is not actually part of the original Fort. The building was built in the 1930s. The berm around the edge of the park is the actual fort."
The reenactment will have canons, period rifles and meals prepared according to the 1860s time period. It is important to know your history, learn from your history and most importantly, celebrate your history right here in Cape Girardeau!
Fort D is off Sprigg Street, four blocks south of Highway 74. The day begins at 9 am and ends at 4 pm. For more information about Fort D, visit fortdhistoricsite.com or cityofcape.org/fortd.