Come All Ye Bold Heroes: The Last Days
Florida Living History, Inc. volunteers, in partnership with the National Park Service’s Castillo de San Marcos National Monument and The Colonial Quarter present Come All Ye Bold Heroes: The Last Days. This Heritage Event focuses on the last days of the loyalist colony of British East Florida and the colonial port of St. Augustine during the American Revolution.
Date and Time: Saturday, February 29, 2020 — 9:00am – 4:00pm.
Loyalist troops will be seeking soldiers to march against the American revolutionaries. Visitors to the Castillo de San Marcos will be invited to “take the King’s Shilling” and enlist. 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’s watchful eye.
Throughout the day, sailors from the Royal Navy will talk about their role in fighting the American rebels while protecting Britain’s sea-trade and about life aboard His Majesty’s fleet. 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.”
*Royal Navy Cannon Drill Demonstrations: 10:30AM, 11:30AM, 1:30PM, 2:30PM, 3:30PM
*British Army / East Florida Rangers Musket Drill Demonstrations: 11:00AM, 2:00PM (All Firing Demos Will Take Place on the Castillo Gundeck)
*Royal Navy Cutlass Drill Demonstration: 1:00PM
Admission Fee: $15.00 Adult (16 and older) / Free Children 15 and younger (but must be accompanied by an adult).