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Amelia Islander

Fort Clinch Holiday Encampment

Nov 26, 2012 02:00AM
This coming weekend, December 1 and 2, Fort Clinch State Park is celebrating their annual Union Holiday Encampment. Fort Clinch is one of my very favorite state parks, and apparently others feel the same way, since the park is always busy, filled with lots of activities, and visited by people from all over the world. And holiday time is no exception. The first weekend of every month the Fort hosts a Living History program, where the grounds are bustling with soldiers in period costumes, involved in firing demonstrations, marching drills, cooking, and other daily activities.

But this weekend the Fort’s Living History is even more festive as ladies in their holiday finery will be trimming a Christmas tree and decorating the mantles for the holiday season. Sutlers display their wares, and drummer boys project the sounds of the civil war era. The program allows visitors to interact with living historians to experience life in the Fort as it was in 1864. This event is so much fun, and it’s great to watch children and families as they get into the spirit of the season as it was nearly 150 years ago.

The Holiday Encampment is held on Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 9 a.m. to noon. The cost is only $2 per person, plus the cost of entry into the park. And while you’re there, be sure to take a walk on the half mile fishing pier or go for a hike on one of their nature trails. For more information call: (904) 277-7274.