For immediate release: February 9, 2009
Contact: Jessica Kemper, (850) 245-3029, (850) 251-0834 (cell)
Amy Graham, (850) 245-2112, (850) 778-7258
HISTORY COMES ALIVE DURING REENACTMENT SEASON AT fLORIDA'S sTATE pARKS
~State parks host historic reenactments and living history demonstrations in February and March~
Tallahassee – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection's (DEP) Florida Park Service will host a number of historic reenactments and living history demonstrations throughout February and March. Visitors are invited to experience the past by attending reenactments of Florida's Civil War battles, Seminole battle skirmishes, cavalry demonstrations, artillery shows and medical treatment demonstrations.
"Floridians and visitors alike can learn about Florida's unique history and culture by visiting a state park," said Florida Park Service Director Mike Bullock. "Witnessing demonstrations and reenactments is a great way to get outdoors and learn about the state's natural and cultural resources."
Living history events present a live representation of past events or periods, including folk life demonstrations, pioneer skills demonstrations, military encampments, weapons firing and battle reenactments. The Florida Park Service manages more than 2,000 historic and archaeological resources within state parks, including seven National Historic Landmarks.
Upcoming reenactment events include:
Fort Foster Living History and Period Rendezvous
Fort Foster State Historic Site at Hillsborough River State Park
Thursday, February 12 – Sunday, February 15, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Fort Foster State Historic Site's annual event features military, Seminole and civilian reenactors, sutlers who peddled provisions to the soldiers, traders and craft demonstrations. Thursday and Friday are school days with admission at $2.00 per student and free for teachers and chaperones. Seminole battle skirmishes will take place on Saturday and Sunday. The public can attend any of the four days for $5.00 general admission or free for children 12 and under. For school registration or more information, call (813) 987-6771.
145th Anniversary Reenactment of the Battle of Olustee
Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park
Civil War Heritage Days
Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park
First Weekend Union Garrisons
Fort Clinch State Park
Saturday, March 7, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. – Sunday, March 8, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Living historians recreate life at Fort Clinch during the Civil War. Activities include artillery demonstrations, medical demonstrations and soldier drills. Soldiers and civilians also take up duty in the laundry, infirmary, kitchen, barracks, quartermaster and carpenter shop. Regular park admission fees apply with $2.00 for entrance into the fort. For more information, call (904) 277-7274.
32nd Annual Reenactment of the Battle of Natural Bridge
Natural Bridge Battlefield Historic State Park
49th Annual Spring Open House
Gamble Plantation Historic State Park
Sunday, March 8, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
For more information on Florida State Parks, visit www.floridastateparks.org.