Fayetteville museum holds bicentennial exhibit of the war of 1812

May 5, 2012 by  

The Fayetteville Area Transportation and Local History Museum in Fayetteville, South Carolina opened an exhibit this week that recognizes America’s bicentennial celebration of the War of 1812. The Museum is no doubt using poster printing and flyer printing to make the local as well as the visiting public aware of this exhibit so as to attract as many attendees as possible.

The exhibit includes 200-year-old artifacts, story panels and a replica of a cannonball. The War lasted for three years and was the inspiration for the “Star Spangled Banner”. According to a senior museum specialist, Jim Greathouse, the conflict is often forgotten but among historians it helped to solidify the international status of the United States and was akin to a second fight for independence. The year 1815 saw an end to the war with a stalemate and a peace treaty.

Research for the exhibit was begun by staff members of the museum last fall. They made several trips to the North Carolina coast from which they were able to create about 90 story panels. They also found over two dozen artifacts which include a piece of bannister from the USS Constitution and a handful of nails original to the time.

Also on display are the helmets that the American sailors wore at the time. These helmets were known as battle helmets and were covered with animal fur which made them look taller and served to frighten the British. The exhibit will also include a military training manual that is bound with leather and printed in 1812 that shows field exercises. It is the property of the Reverend Robert Alves who is a rector at the St. John’s Episcopal Church and is on loan to the exhibit.