Posts Tagged ‘Historical Reenactment’

At Ft Clinch You Feel As Though You’ve Stepped Back In Time

Monday, November 24th, 2014

Bald Eagle Cruise Narrative Pt. 2

by: Davis Yancy Clegg


Fort Clinch State Park

Fort Clinch State Park at Sunset

As we turn the bend from the industrial view, it is as though we’ve traveled back in time. On the northern peninsula of the island, Fort Clinch State park comes into frame. One of the most well preserved in the country, the fort boasts a garrison that makes you feel as though you’ve stepped back in time. Although no battles were fought here, it was garrisoned during both the Civil and Spanish-American Wars. In the 1930’s, the Civil Conservation Corps took it upon themselves to refurbish the now abandoned structures to return them to their prestige. Nowadays, tourists can enjoy activities like beach combing, sun bathing, fishing, and observe as reenactments bring the fort to life for visitors. If hiking is in your bag, you may take in the sights on a 6 mile trail. Nature trails are also at disposal for goers to learn of the native plant and wildlife that inhabit the area.


Step into the Past Where the American Civil War is still in Progress

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

by: Kacie Couch

Fort Clinch State Park, Florida

Courtyard inside Fort Clinch


“What a strange looking bird!” exclaimed the bearded man as we looked up at the helicopter flying overhead. It was a beautiful day in July and we were standing outside. I was wearing a sundress that came down to my knees and he was decked out in a woolen long-sleeved uniform. In JULY… In Florida. This was right after he called me a “jezebel,” no less.

After hearing this story you might think that I spend my July’s in an institution for the mentally unsound, but in reality I only had to go as far as Fort Clinch State Park to experience this level of insanity. When you enter the Fort itself one of the first things you see is a sign that reads “You are stepping into the past. The year is 1864 and the civil war is in progress.” As you can probably guess from what I relayed to you a moment ago, the reenactors take that sign VERY seriously.