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  • 8. Construction Exhibit

    Building a fort on the frontier brought a unique set of challenges, especially considering Captain Swords’ goal to make this fort the “Crack Post of the Frontier” While the area provided an ample supply of standing timber and limestone for construction, other items such as window glass, doorknobs, and paint had to be shipped long distances at great expense. Skilled labor was also a challenge, most of the work was done by soldiers using hand tools and a nearby sawmill, which was constantly breaking down. Captain Swords complained that he was entirely on his own for resources and coming up with plans to build the fort. He complained that none of the other officers could “draw a straight line even with the assistance of a ruler. This building, an original officers’ quarters, features many examples of the timber and frame construction that went into the creation of a permanent post. On its exterior, one can see examples of the Greek Revival architectural features that Captain Swords used to build a military post that was intended to impress visitors and instill a sense of pride in those who lived here. A brochure available inside identifies the various building elements.