Florida Living History, Inc.’s (FLH’s) volunteers, in partnership with the National Park Service’s Castillo de San Marcos National Monument, will recreate a 1779 recruitment drive at Fort St. Mark in St. Augustine, the capital of British East Florida, enlisting soldiers to “take the King’s Shilling” and march against the American rebels. Those who sign on will tour their new barracks, learn about the equipment and food with which King George will supply them, and practice 18th-century close-order drill under with their sergeant. They will also visit a local sutler, who will display the merchandise they can purchase with a soldier’s pay. In addition, regular soldiers of Florida’s British Army will be on hand to demonstrate the daily life of a soldier on this frontier of the Empire, while the ladies of the garrison will discuss what it means for wives and children to “follow the drum”.
Park admission fee is $10 per adult; children (age 15 and younger) are free.