A retro-ish post from March that had slipped past my notes, of a wander around a British colonial-era fort within an hour of Knoxville.

“During the French and Indian War (1754-1763) the British Colony of South Carolina felt threatened by French activities in the Mississippi Valley. To counter this threat, the Colony sent the Independent Company of South Carolina to construct and garrison that became Fort Loudoun (in now-Tennessee, but was once Virginia) This move helped to ally the Overhill Cherokee Nation in the fight against the French and guaranteed the trade would continue between the Cherokee and South Carolina.”

A British flag flies at the fort, named for the Earl of Loudon, the commander of British forces in North America at the time.

The design was more elaborate than a typical frontier fort; diamond-shaped with bastions at the corners, named for the King and Queen of England, the Prince of Wales, and the Duke of Cumberland. I do not know if naming bastions is common practice in fort construction, though.

There are a couple of trails in the park surrounding the fort, so we wandered about 5 kilometers. Nothing spectacular, but being out in the warm early Spring sunshine felt great.

Little did we know that our lives would soon upend.