If one could make alive again for other people some cobwebbed skein of old dead intrigues and breathe breath and character into dead names and stiff portraits. That is history to me! ~ George Macaulay Trevelyan
Fort Pickens feels like it’s perched at the very end of the world.
Though it’s nestled atop the snow-white sands of Gulf Islands National Seashore, it wears a no-nonsense, serious mood. Its walls are thick, damp and old, and once imprisoned the famous Apache Indian Geronimo. Built in the age of wooden warships, cannons still bristle from the Fort. It’s a place of concrete gun batteries, where gut-wrenching battles were waged-- and won.
And now you can see the Fort spring to life. You can even explore it by candlelight.
The Living History Camp and Candlelight Tour of Fort Pickens features costumed reenactors and ranger guided tours. It also provides a rare opportunity to experience the Fort at night on a self guided candlelight tour. The reenactors will be stationed around the Fort to answer your questions and provide information about Pensacola during the Civil War, and they’ll be conducting drills as well.
When: Jan. 11 - 12, 2014, 9 a.m. Sat. until 3 p.m. Sun.
Where: Gulf Islands National Seashore, Fort Pickens Road, Pensacola Beach, FL 32563 (phone: 850-934-2600)
Schedule: Uniformed reenactors will conduct period Colors ceremony at 9 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, and Retreat ceremony on Saturday at 5 p.m. Company drill demonstrations will be conducted at 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. on Sunday. A ranger led tour of Fort Pickens will be at 2 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. Saturday evening, Jan. 11, the Fort will remain open until 8:30 p.m. for self-guided candlelight tours. Visitors should arrive no later than 8 p.m. in order to experience the Fort prior to its closing at 8:30 p.m.
Admission: $8 vehicle fee; event free