Founding of the Castillo de San Marcos

St. Augustine
October 6, 2018 at 9:00am - 4:00pm
1 South Castillo Drive
St. Augustine, FL 32084

What You Need To Know

Florida Living History volunteers in partnership with the National Park Service's Castillo de San Marcos will present a heritage event commemorating the founding of the Castillo de San Marcos from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Established on October 2, 1672, the Castillo de San Marcos was the guardian of colonial San Agustín, the cornerstone of Spanish Florida's defenses, and is today the oldest masonry and only extant 17th century fortress in the continental United States. In conjunction with National Hispanic Heritage Month, Florida Living History and the Castillo de San Marcos will commemorate this important date in American history - 346 years later, on the very site - with the re-enactment of the 1672 groundbreaking ceremony featuring General Don Manuel de Cendoya, royal Governor and Captain-General of Florida, and the royal officials of the presidio of San Agustín. This heritage event will also feature daylong colonial Spanish demonstrations and historical demonstrations within the Castillo, focusing on its 17th century construction and its vital role in Florida's history. The re-enactment of the groundbreaking ceremony will take place at 4 p.m. on the fort lawn. General admission into the park is $15, and admission for youth ages 15 and under is free. 


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SaturdayOctober 6, 2018 at 9:00am - 4:00pm