Discover Living History
Do more than see history - Live it! Below is a glimpse from every era of Florida's Historic Coast's colorful history.
Colonial Quarter (Blacksmith and Leatherworking Demonstrations)
Experience centuries of St. Augustine history come to life as you watch 17th century blacksmiths rework metal into utensils, help leatherworkers craft by hand in an 18th century shop, and savor traditional pub fare or Spanish tapas – all within Colonial Quarter’s captivating 2 acres.
Castillo de San Marcos (Weapons Demonstrations)
Watch Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at the Castillo as park rangers and reenactors in period dress give historical weapons demonstrations, as well as presentations on the life and experiences of the Spanish soldiers stationed in St. Augustine during the 1740s.
Ponce de Leon’s Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park
Watch history unravel before your eyes as you tour the park first explored by Juan Ponce de Leon in 1513 and settled by Pedro Menendez de Aviles in 1565. Visit a blacksmith, watch a cannon fire, and step into a Timucuan Village with professional reenactors leading the way.
Militia Muster and Training at Fort Mose
Immerse yourself in the 18th century on the 1st Saturday morning of each month, with musketfire drills demonstrated by members of the Fort Mose Militia. Children of all ages may take part in children’s militia training, using wooden toy muskets and authentic uniform accessories.
Annual Living History Events
2020 dates will be listed as they become available.
Flight to Freedom
In celebration of Black History Month, walk from the Fort Mose Historical Society along the Freedom Trail, the first “Underground Railroad,” where hundreds of people fled to Spanish Florida from enslavement on British indigo and sugar plantations in 17th century South Carolina.
Living History Saunter
The historic reenactment community will be holding a Living History Saunter down St. George Street and the historic area in St. Augustine. The historically clad interpreters speak with visitors and residents about Saint Augustine’s history dating back to its founding in 1565.
Founding of Fort Mose
On March 15, 1738, Governor Manuel de Montiano officially proclaimed the establishment of the first free African community in what is today’s continental United States. Join Captain Francisco Menendez and the members of the African Militia, starting with a reenactment of the governor’s proclamation.
Drake’s Raid Features a 16th century style military encampment with drills, demonstrations and living history interpretation during the day. As the sun sets in the historic district, the reenactment of the sacking and burning of the town commences. See what camp life was like for families back then.
Battle of Bloody Mose
Visit Fort Mose Historic State Park and immerse yourself in the history of the 1740 Spanish victory at the Battle of Bloody Mose. This 277th anniversary will feature military encampment and combined muster of reenactors, including two battle reenactments.
The Founding of St. Augustine
Florida Living History, Inc., Mission Nombre de Dios and the Diocese of St. Augustine present this free, annual, historical reenactment of Admiral Don Pedro Menendez de Aviles’ landing and founding of the city of St. Augustine in the year 1565.
El Dia de los Difuntos (Day of the Deceased)
Experience the customs and traditional foods associated with this Spanish holiday. Living history reenactors will portray historical figures buried at Tolomato Cemetery before a torch-lit procession of Marcha de la Santa Compaña (March of the Holy Company). The day will end with a short production of the play Don Juan Tenorio on the cemetery grounds.
Colonial Night Watch
Join hundreds of reenactors from St. Augustine’s colonial history as they perform military drills at the Castillo De San Marcos during this free, all-day event. After an evening torchlight parade through St. George Street, join in singing classic Christmas carols to ring in the holiday season.
Step back through time and experience 450 years of diverse culture with the living history experiences throughout historic St. Augustine. From leatherworking demonstrations at Colonial Quarter to exploring the monuments left behind by early Spanish explorers, adventure is waiting to be discovered for all ages. Use our Living History Itinerary to dive into the rich past of our nation’s oldest city.