Watch history come to life as Drake and his raiders recreate a 16th century-style military encampment at the Colonial Quarter Museum.
The English corsair, Sir Francis Drake, and his raiders return to St. Augustine for an authentic re-creation of the 1586 sack of the city. Join Drake and his raiders from 10a.m.-4:00p.m. for the 16th century-style military encampment at the Colonial Quarter Museum. For this day only, admission to the museum will be free and open to the public. There will be military drills, demonstrations and living history interpretations throughout the day.
The reenactment of the sacking and burning of the town will commence Saturday evening at 7:00 PM in the old city, beginning at the Old City Gates ( including the Santa Domingo Redoubt on Orange St.) As Drake’s men come ashore, a skirmish breaks out with the Spanish saldados. The Spanish saldados and the St. Augustine citizens flee with Drake’s men in pursuit. Skirmishes continue south on St. George Street towards the Plaza de la Constitucion. The final battle takes place in front of the Governor’s House Museum. This military display is intended to symbolically commemorate the temporary abandonment of the city of St. Augustine by Spanish colonial forces. After the town was looted and burned by Drake’s men, the Spanish returned to rebuild upon the same streets you walk on today. This event is brought to you by the Men of Menendez and Drake’s Men with the assistance of the St. John’s County Tourist Development Council. Additional information can be found at http://hfm.club