Cowford Jam 2018 is an event hosted by Eco Relics to raise funds for Cowford Archaeology's Jacksonville Wall Project. Attendance at the event is free to the public. Come out for an afternoon of socializing, music, a few beers, food trucks and browsing through Eco Relics huge showroom.
Music will be provided by locally renowned Crucial Eddy Cotton & his band, who will play a mix of Classic Rock & Folk. Karate demonstrations will add a little variety and thousands of repurposed items at Eco Relics are sure to inspire some remodeling ideas in your home.
There will be a Martial Arts demonstration by Young's Martial Arts. LifeSouth Community Blood Centers blood mobile will also be on site. There will also be very special guest speakers, Dr. Wayne Wood from the Jacksonville Historical Society and George Burns from the Cowford Archaeological Research Society.
In 2013, volunteers with Cowford Archaeology test excavated an area in the La Villa portion of Jacksonville that revealed evidence of Ft. Hatch. The fort was one of nine built by the Union Army during the Civil War to protect gates and key areas of the wall constructed around the city. In February 2018, Cowford Archaeology, in conjunction with the Jacksonville Historical Society, dedicated a state historic marker at the site. The marker commemorates the fort and the brave men who were stationed there.
The ambitious goal of the Jacksonville Wall Project is to locate and document the remaining eight forts and place a similar historic marker at each site. This will leave an informative ring of markers around the original platted city of Jacksonville describing the forts and wall location. With your help, we can provide a lasting legacy so future generations will be aware of this little known, but important, fact of Jacksonville's history.