Living History Guide: Fort Mose Historic State Park & More
Do more than see history – Live it! Explore our guide below for a glimpse at every era of Florida’s Historic Coast’s colorful history, from Ponce de Leon’s Fountain of Youth and Fort Mose Historic State Park to events in Colonial Quarter, St. Augustine.
(Be sure to check these destination websites during COVID 19)
Colonial Quarter, St. Augustine (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 Ponce de Leon’s Fountain of Youth Archaeological 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 Historic State Park
Immerse yourself in the 18th century on the 1st Saturday morning of each month at Fort Mose Historic State Park, where members of the Fort Mose Militia conduct musket fire drills. Children of all ages may take part in children’s militia training, using wooden toy muskets and authentic uniform accessories.
History on the Streets Saunter
Stroll down the historic streets of the past with authentically clad historical interpreters leading the way while sharing the rich and diverse history of St. Augustine. Historians speak with visitors and residents about history dating back to its founding in 1565.