The Union Recorder

December 4, 2013

Rare canoe find is donated to Georgia's Old Capital Museum

Vaishali Patel
The Union-Recorder

MILLEDGEVILLE — A section of a unique 16th century Creek Indian canoe was donated to Georgia’s Old Capital Museum Tuesday.

Milledgeville resident Gary Fowler recovered the canoe from a sand bar in the Oconee River nearly two years ago. The canoe was sent to the conservation lab at East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C.

Linda Brittley and Josh Headlee of the Georgia Historic Preservation Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources delivered the canoe Tuesday in a wooden crate secured in foam and blankets.

The museum plans to build a diorama of a simulated river bank to give the canoe context and a reader rail to explain the process of making the canoe and how it was used.

Fundraising efforts are in the planning to stages to have the canoe featured in the Native American gallery.

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