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Fort Clinch Book Discussion at Museum

Nov 01, 2017 02:00AM
On November 17 at 6 p.m. historian and author Frank Ofeldt will deliver a presentation at the Amelia Island Museum of History, based on his new book, “Images of America: Fort Clinch,” which profiles one of Fernandina’s most celebrated landmarks. Fort Clinch’s 19th-century brick fortress was built in 1847 after the end of the Second Seminole War. It was named in honor of General Duncan Lamont Clinch, an important figure in the First and Second Seminole Wars. The only battle to occur at Clinch was when Union troops recaptured the fort in 1862 after Confederate forces seized control the previous year. Fort Clinch served as the base of Union operations in the area throughout the Civil War.

Frank Ofeldt began as a Fort Clinch volunteer in the Fort’s interpretive program in the 1980s. After college he began a career with the Florida Park Service where he has worked for 24 years. His new book is a project he has been working on for many years, compiling photos and historical information in an easy-to-read and fascinating format. The program is free to Museum members with a suggested donation of $5 for non-members. Seating is first-come, first-served. For more information contact the Museum at (904) 261-7378, ext. 102. The Amelia Island Museum of History is located at 233 South 3rd Street.