The U.S. National Park Service (NPS) will observe its’ Centennial Anniversary in 2016, celebrating 100 years of faithful stewardship of America’s national parks. Florida Living History, Inc. (FLH), in partnership with the National Park Service’s Castillo de San Marcos National Monument, will honor the National Park Service’s Centennial with a new heritage event commemorating the founding of the Castillo de San Marcos. Join FLH volunteers, NPS rangers, and other participants in commemorating the 344th anniversary of the founding of the Castillo de San Marcos and the 100th anniversary of America’s National Park Service! The Castillo de San Marcos, established on October 2, 1672, was the cornerstone of Spanish Florida’s defenses, the guardian of colonial San Agustin. Today it is the oldest masonry and only extant 17th-century fortress in the continental United States.
In conjunction with National Hispanic Heritage Month, volunteers from FLH and the Castillo de San Marcos will commemorate this important date in American history – 344 years later, to the very day and on the very site – with the re-enactment of the 1672 ‘ground-breaking’ ceremony featuring General Don Manuel de Cendoya, royal Governor and Captain-General of Florida, and the royal officials of the presidio of San Agustín. The event will also feature day-long colonial Spanish demonstrations and historical demonstrations focusing on the Castillo’s vital role in Florida’s history.
Admission to Castillo
Children (age 15 and younger) are free
Admission to the historical re-enactment on the Castillo lawn is free of charge to the public.
For additional information, please contact Davis Walker with Florida Living History, Inc. at firstname.lastname@example.org or Steve Roberts with Castillo at email@example.com.