Explore and Learn at St. Augustine's Fort Mose

By: Carrie McLaren

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There’s no better way to learn about history than to immerse yourself in the middle of the stories. This fall, families are invited to take a step back in time in St. Augustine.

Fort Mose Historical State Park is the site of the first legally sanctioned free African settlement in the United States. With living history exhibits, storytelling and historical experts, the park provides educational and fun ways for families to learn together.

Here’s a look at two upcoming events:

Colonial Children in La Florida – Story Time and Crafts - Sept. 27

Fort Mose experts tell stories of what it was like to be a child growing up in 1738. Young visitors may also make a leather beaded necklace or bracelet, an ornament from tin or a colonial tricorn hat. For the adventurous, learn about flintlock muskets and drill along with the soldiers and militiamen of Spanish Florida.

Colonial Autumn in Spanish Florida - Nov. 22

Fall was harvest time for the families living at Fort Mose, who farmed and fished for their food. In celebration of this occurrence, event will feature a farmers’ market of vegetables, herbs and fruits from colonial Florida that are still grown locally today. Re-enactors will demonstrate how local produce was cooked in 18th-century Florida.

Learn more about living history activities and other cultural happenings in the greater St. Augustine area, by visiting www.historiccoastculture.com.

If you go...

Fort Mose Historic State Park 15 Fort Mose Trail St. Augustine, Fla 32084

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