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10/18/2013 9:00 a.m. - 10/19/2013 3:00 p.m.
Hunter/Dunbar HIstorical Re-enactors
A joint project of the Union Parish Library and the Lake D'Arbonne State Park is hosting a unique exhibit exploring Union Parish's River History. School groups will tour the exhibit on Friday in 30 minute tour groups (by appointment only) and Saturday, the tours are open to the public. The Aux Arc, built by the Early Arkansaw Reenactors Association (EARA), was created in 2004. The primary purpose for constructing the Aux Arc was to replicate the downstream travels of the Dunbar-Hunter Expedition of 1804 and 1805. The William Dunbar and George Hunter expedition explored and officially documented the Ouachita river from the confluence of the Ouachita, Black, and Mississippi rivers to the hot springs located in present day Hot Springs, Arkansas. In addition to Dunbar-Hunter; servants, slaves, family (i.e., George Hunter's son), and a complement of soldiers left St Catherine's landing south of Natchez in mid October 1804 and by mid November had arrived at current day Monroe, Louisiana. At Monroe, the original vessel was stored and a vessel with a shallower draft was leased. The expedition arrived near the hot springs in early December 1804, spent the next four weeks making scientific studies and notations, and left the first week of January 1805. The expedition exchanged boats at Monroe and arrived back at Natchez by early February 1805. Much of early Union Parish history along the Ouachita River was documented and explored by the Hunter-Dunbar expedition. The primary propulsion for the Aux Arc are six rowing stations which can be supplemented, if conditions are right, by a sailing, poling, or towing by rope & foot power on land. During this program the crew will setup and sleep in replica canvas tents of the early 1800's and will include vignettes that represent life of early explorers. In addition, crew members look forward to discussing with the public the use of the keelboat on the rivers of Louisiana and life in general in the early 1800's.