Ford's Encampment raises funds for historic home preservation

Ford's Encampment raises funds for historic home preservation

SANDY HOOK, MS (WDAM) - Dozens of re-enactors gathered at a historic home in Marion County Saturday to help raise money for its preservation.

They participated in a third encampment at the old John Ford home in Sandy Hook. The event featured both War of 1812 and Civil War re-enactors.

Frontier and Native-American exhibits were also included.

General Andrew Jackson stayed at the home in 1814, on his way to the Battle of New Orleans.

"All of this that's taking place is to help the John Ford home and help restore it and build it up and showcase it," said Kelly Roberts, vice president of the Marion County Historical Society.

"They want to recreate the palisade that was around the house at one time and so, there are just a lot of needs, along with just the general upkeep," said Bryant Boswell, a retired Jackson dentist who portrayed Gen. Andrew Jackson during the encampment.

The encampment was originally scheduled for mid-March, but had to be postponed because of heavy rains and flooding in the area during that time.