The Founding of the Castillo de San Marcos – St. Augustine, Florida

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THE FOUNDING OF THE CASTILLO DE SAN MARCOS
LA FUNDACIÓN DE LA CASTILLO DE SAN MARCOS  

 Saturday, October 7, 2017
Castillo de San Marcos National Monument / St. Augustine, Florida

On October 7, 2017, Florida Living History, Inc.’s (FLH’s – http://www.floridalivinghistory.org ) volunteers, in partnership with the National Park Service’s Castillo de San Marcos National Monument ( https://www.nps.gov/casa/ ), will present a heritage Event commemorating the founding of the Castillo de San Marcos.  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 17thcentury fortress in the continental United States.

In conjunction with National Hispanic Heritage Month, FLH and the Castillo de San Marcos will commemorate this important date in American history – 345 years later, 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.

This heritage Event will also feature day-long colonial Spanish demonstrations and historical demonstrations within the Castillo, focusing on its 17th-century construction and its vital role in Florida’s history.  From 9AM to 4PM, join FLH volunteers, NPS rangers, and other participants in commemorating the 345th anniversary of the founding of the Castillo de San Marcos!

There is a Castillo admission fee of $10 per adult; children (age 15 and younger) are free.  Admission to the historical re-enactment at 4PM on the Castillo lawn is free of charge to the public.

For more information on the new Founding of the Castillo de San Marcos heritage Event, please contact:

  • Davis Walker / Florida Living History, Inc. – E-mail: info@floridalivinghistory.org ;
  • Steve Roberts / Castillo de San Marcos National Monument – E-mail: casa_ranger_activities@nps.gov

The Founding of the Castillo de San Marcos heritage Event is sponsored by non-profit Florida Living History, Inc., and by the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument.  Financial support for this Event is provided, in part, by the continued generosity of FLH’s donors and by the NPS’ Castillo de San Marcos National Monument.

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