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Fort Foster School Days and Rendezvous
February 6 @ 9:00 am - February 10 @ 4:30 pm
Wednesday, February 6 – 8, 2019 10:00 am – 1:00 pm EST are open to scools
Saturday and Sunday are open to the public
Experience the Real Florida frontier at Fort Foster Historic Site. Fort Foster was one of the original Seminole War forts constructed in Florida during the early 1800s. Today a replica wood picket style fort has been constructed on the original site. Park Rangers and reenactors provide tours, and explain the Fort operations and living conditions, as well as telling the history of the Seminole Wars in Florida. Hillsborough River State Park is excited to present “living history” events at the Fort Foster State Historic Site in February 2019. These living history reenactment events feature military, Seminole, and civilian reenactors, as well as craft demonstrations, with special days (listed above) set aside for schools. Plan a field trip to one of these events and let your students experience what life was like almost 200 years ago in Florida. The school registration form is available online. Admission is a $2 donation per student (Teachers/Chaperones are free).
Saturday and Sunday’s event are a living history reenactment featuring military, Seminole, and civilian reenactors, sutlers, traders, and craft demonstrations.
History comes alive in this pre-1840’s, Second Seminole War, reenactment featuring Soldiers, Sailors, Native Americans and craft demonstrations. Vendors will be selling food items, cool drinks and trade goods.
Setup for this event is after the close of the Friday event for School Days which ends at 1:00 PM. You are welcome to come early on Friday but cars are kept out of the camping area until the kids leave. The event runs from 10 AM to 3 PM, Saturday and Sunday.
Please note: This weekend event will offer ongoing daily live firing demonstrations and a skirmish between the Seminoles and military after 1:00 pm both days. 100% of the proceeds from this event benefit the Hillsborough River State Park Preservation Society, a not-for-profit, 501c3, that supports Hillsborough River State Park and Fort Foster State Historic Site.
Fees: $5 per person, donation; Ages 5 and under, FREE. Proceeds benefit the Hillsborough River State Park Preservation Society.
Contact Info: Ranger Station: (813) 987-6771
Participant Information: Setup is February 5, 6, 7, 8, 2017 after 4:00 pm. If you are participating as a reenactor, the dress code is “Seminole Wars.”
In addition, all participants:
• Must have the ability to follow visual and /or verbal instructions independently or with assistance of a companion.
• Must have the ability to withstand exposure to the outdoors for a period of up to 3 hours.
• Must have the ability to traverse sandy, dry, uneven terrain for several hundred feet independently or with the aid of a companion.
• Must have the ability to tolerate loud noises, such as cannon and rifle fire, for a period of up to 45 minutes.