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Museum of the Waxhaws event will focus on Battle of New Orleans

On Aug. 29, the Museum of the Waxhaws will again host Pirate Day in recognition of the alliance between the pirate Jean Lafitte and Andrew Jackson at the Battle of New Orleans in January 1815. Pirate actors and costumed museum docents, along with Arthur Lightbody in the persona of Andrew Jackson, are shown here in a group photo from 2014.
On Aug. 29, the Museum of the Waxhaws will again host Pirate Day in recognition of the alliance between the pirate Jean Lafitte and Andrew Jackson at the Battle of New Orleans in January 1815. Pirate actors and costumed museum docents, along with Arthur Lightbody in the persona of Andrew Jackson, are shown here in a group photo from 2014. MUSEUM OF THE WAXHAWS

One of the most popular events for families at the Museum of the Waxhaws is Pirate Day, which celebrates the alliance between Andrew Jackson and the pirate Jean Lafitte at the battle of New Orleans during the War of 1812.

This year, Museum of the Waxhaws will host a band of pirates from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 29. Museum admission applies: children 6-12, $2; adults, $5; seniors, $4.

Cathy Wright, museum manager, said the pirates, headed by Tim Scronce of Monroe, will give “pirate lessons” to children throughout the day.

The pirate actors also will demonstrate swordfighting and firearms. They also will fire a cannon, recognizing that particular weapon’s role in the battle.

At 1 p.m., Waxhaw’s Arthur Lightbody will take on the persona of “Old Hickory” himself. Lightbody has portrayed President Andrew Jackson on several occasions at the museum and elsewhere, and has developed a rich background of knowledge about our local hero and seventh president.

Portraying Andrew Jackson, Lightbody will present an account of the battle and will stay in character to answer questions. His performance will be in the museum auditorium.

While most of us were taught some rudimentary facts of the battle of New Orleans in school, there’s a lot more to learn. I went online to http://warfarehistorynetwork.com, where I found two excellent articles by Blaine Taylor that broadened my historical knowledge about the battle and the role played by the pirate Lafitte.

In addition to the Pirate Day festivities, all permanent exhibits, the colonial homestead and gold and gem panning will be open to visitors as part of the admission price.

On the following weekend, the Museum of the Waxhaws will continue with a weekend focused on the Civil War, featuring special displays and costumed docents.

Families who plan to attend either event are invited to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy at tables among trees on the museum grounds.

John Anderson is a freelance writer: jafortrel@aol.com.

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