vited to a private tactical there and the Butler's Rangers have done cannon training at the fort. Phipps credits many of his friends and his son Greg with the labor. Gene Hunt, Jim Forrester, Butch Roe, Scott Romine and Ron Koontz were all among those that helped on the blockhouse. Rudy McKinney helped with the gate, while Paul Peterson, Mike Nagy and Julie Phipps worked on the foundations for the cabin and the blockhouse The 71st Regiment has a continually changing roster at events because of their real life military commitments. Currently three are deployed out of the country and another one in transit.
The Phipps purchased the property about 15 years ago. At one time it was a farm where fruit trees and hard woods were grown. It was also planted with watermelons and cantelopes. But farming ceased there about 1965. Locals tell Phipps that the ridge behind the property was known as “Bloody Ridge.” It received the name not from a Revolutionary or Civil War battle but from battles with 1920’s revenue agents. The only thing he knows for sure is that there was a revenue agent that worked for the government named “Big Six” Henderson. Whether “Big Six” really had his arm shot off on “Bloody Ridge” or not, has never been proven.