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Anton Ryzbak30 May 2021 8:42 p.m. PST


I just got back from a visit to Fort Watagua in northeast Tennessee. An excellent museum and reconstructed fort, well worth the trip if you are out that way! You can see my photo-journal of my visit here; link

SgtGuinness Supporting Member of TMP30 May 2021 9:25 p.m. PST

Anton, I always enjoy your historical travel posts.

John the OFM30 May 2021 9:59 p.m. PST

Very nice blockhouse. I need one in 28mm. grin
I like the chimney.

Are any of those logs loopholed, or am I just seeing dark spots?

I'll bookmark that page for painting tips for my palisades.

doc mcb31 May 2021 3:58 a.m. PST

VERY nice, the museum and the blog.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP31 May 2021 8:31 a.m. PST

A cool looking place.

Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP31 May 2021 8:57 a.m. PST

I think you are just seeing dark spots, John. I would imagine that the original buildings were loop-holed but that in order to preserve the interiors of the reconstructions, their walls were not loop-holed to keep the rain and snow out.


William Warner Supporting Member of TMP31 May 2021 11:16 a.m. PST

I really like that painting by Richard Luce of the Battle of Kings Mountain. I've never seen it before. It sure gets the old wargame juices flowing.

Anton Ryzbak31 May 2021 12:16 p.m. PST

John the OFM, the logs weren't loopholed but many had gaps that would allow shooting through. The walls were only about eight to ten feet high and and there seems to have been firing steps on the inside. During the siege of Boonesboro the defenders commonly laid on the roof of the cabins to gain a better view of the surroundings, this could well have been the idea here. I would assume that there were "murder holes" and firing slits in the blockhouses such as are visible in the Fort King George blockhouse (which is roughly contemporaneous)


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Anton Ryzbak31 May 2021 12:21 p.m. PST

Sgt Guinness, it is a pleasure and an honor to make these places available to my fellow gamers, thank you.

Old Contemptible01 Jun 2021 11:55 p.m. PST

I love places like this. Especially forts, there are some in every state. Some are national monuments, museums and parks. Many are run by states and a few are private.

Virginia Tory04 Jun 2021 12:15 p.m. PST

Fort King George is well worth a visit. And you'll probably see Alligators.

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