DOTHAN, AL — On July 31 at 3 p.m. in the auditorium, Landmark Park will host the last Heritage Forum of the season with Robert Saunders, “A Study in Contrast: Love and War as Revealed in the Elodie Todd Nathaniel Dawson Civil War Letters. This presentation will focus on the engagement letters of Nathaniel Henry Rhodes Dawson, and Elodie Breck Todd. Dawson was a Selma, Alabama, attorney and a captain in the 4th Alabama Volunteers during the Civil War. In 1861 Elodie was a young woman visiting Selma at the outbreak of the war who was the half-sister of Mary Todd Lincoln. Saunders is an LMP board member and history professor at Troy Dothan. This is his current line of research.
Landmark Park is a 135-acre natural science and history museum located on the outskirts of Dothan. Features of the park include nature trails, a planetarium, playground, picnic areas, an elevated boardwalk, a turn-of-the-century farmstead with sheep, goats, pigs, chickens, cows and other farm animals and crops typical of an 1890’s farm. In addition, the park includes a drugstore with operating soda fountain, one-room school, general store, and historic church, all preserved from the surrounding area. The park is open Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and on Sundays from noon to 6 p.m. Admission is $4 adults, $3 for children and is free for park members and children age 2 and under. The park is located on U.S. Hwy 431 North, three miles north of Dothan’s Ross Clark Circle. For more info, call 334-794-3452 or visit www.landmarkparkdothan.com.