2019 Memorial Day

Ranger Joe Noto supports Memorial Day activities at the Bushnell Florida National Cemetary.

2019 96 Event April

Fort Ninety-Six was the crossroads of western South Carolina. Twelve roads passed through the settlement from Savannah and Charleston to the back country and the Indian villages. In July 1775 Patriots had suspected that Loyalists were supplying the Cherokee and initiated a siege and battle for control of the town that ended in a truce. The Revolutionary War in the South had arrived.

After the British Southern Strategy of 1778 was initiated, a savage civil war broke out in the back country as the British Troops poured into the region. In March, Cornwallis moved into Virginia and American General Nathanial Greene launched a new campaign to retake the Carolinas. He laid siege to Fort Ninety-Six on May 22nd and it was defended by British Regulars. The siege lasted until June 18th, the longest siege in the Southern Campaign ended with Greene withdrawing his troops north after several bloody encounters. He had suffered 147 casualties to the British 85. His efforts, though, would hasten the end of the war.

The Crossroads Event commemorates that siege and the Sons of the American Revolution took the opportunity to place wreaths at the grave of the first patriot to die there, James Birmingham, at the first siege in 1775 where all the participants were militia with no regulars in the battle.

2019 King's Head Pub in St Augustine

The King's Head Pub is located just 6 miles north of St. Augustine on US 1. The route was called the king's highway, the only connection between Philadelphia and St Augustine during our revolutionary war. The pub is just like stepping into a British pub and has a wonderful area behind it that the owners share with groups like the East Florida Rangers. We camped, spent time with visitors and had a wonderful time enjoying the food and beverages at the pub. We hope to make this an annual event.

2019 Pine Castle Pioneer Days

Held in Cypress Grove Park, Pine Castle Florida, this is a small event based on the history of the local settlers who came there because of Fort Gatlin. You often find cowboys, civil war reenactors and the East Florida Rangers. We set up a typical Revolutionary War camp and spend time with visitors to enrich their understanding of Florida's history.

2019 Fort Foster Rendezvous

A small group this year but an excellent event for teaching history to school children. The area was partially flooded and attendance was lower than normal. We still had great representation and enjoyed the fellowship.

2018 Colonial Night Watch

2018 was a wet Night Watch. Camped in the Colonial Quarter Museum, rain plagued troops all Saturday. Muskets worked surprisingly well, however. While crowds were down due to the weather, everyone had an excellent time. Pictures are a collection from participants.

2018 Fort King

Reenactments events are held at Fort King. This year's December 1-2, 2018 conflicted with Colonial Night Watch in St. Augustine. However, East Florida Ranger Joe Noto and his wife Michelle represented our group. Reenactors portray Seminoles and soldiers. The events will include demonstrations of axe throwing, blacksmithing and Seminole sewing and cooking techniques.

Months after Osceola’s raid, U.S. soldiers abandoned the fort and the Seminoles burned it to the ground. Army troops returned in 1837 and rebuilt the fort. Fort King has been rebuilt again to continue providing an important insight to Florida history.

May 26, 2018 Garrison Changing of Guard

The weather couldn’t have been better for the Saint Augustine Garrison’s May Changing of the Guard. Thousands of visitors were treated to a historical reenactment that would have occurred nightly in St. Augustine during the 1700’s. Thank you East Florida Rangers for being a part of it. Here are a few photos of the event.

2018 Pine Castle Pioneer Days

A forty six year tradition held this year in Cypress Grove Park, Pine Castle Florida (within Orlando). More fun than the pictures show.  Nice small event, great hosts, supper visitors.  EFR had a great time.

2018 Fort Foster Rendezvous

Great program - Wednesday Feb 7-9 school kids and Saturday/Sunday the 10th and 11th were public days. Good photos of skirmishing with the Seminoles.

2018 East Florida Rangers at Alafia River Rendezvous

January activities done in conjunction with the Spanish Garrison from St. Augustine. Photos courtesy of Davina Photos. Activities include the Sunday evening Military Dinner, working with school children on Thursday's Educational Day and a Miliary Shootoff.

2017 Colonial Night Watch

Colonial Night Watch for 2017 was held in the Colonial Quarter Museum. Lots of activities so enjoy the photos. You may want to also watch two short Facebook videos of the march into St. Augustine.

Video One

Video Two

Florida Frontiers TV - Episode 19 American Revolution

2017 Fort Foster Thanksgiving Weekend

EFR enjoys its annual retreat at Ft Foster. This gives us a time to socialize, have a business meeting and sharpen our skills for the upcoming Colonial Night Watch in St. Augustine.

2017 Fort Foster

The Hillsborough River State Park sponsors an annual Rendezvous the last weekend in January at the site of Fort Foster.  Reenactors from numerous groups along with Seminoles demonstrate the defence of the bridge over the river. Photos also include a meeting of the East Florida Rangers in one of the block houses.

Fort Foster

Fort Foster State Historic Site is a reproduction of a fort originally built on the same grounds in December 1836, by Col. William S. Foster and his 430 men. During the Second Seminole War the purpose of Fort Foster was to defend the bridge crossing at the Hillsborough River and act as a resupply point for the soldiers in the field. The fort was garrisoned on and off from December, 1836 – April, 1838. Although the fort was attacked on several occasions, the worst attack occurred in February 1836, when a small group of Seminoles attempted to set fire to the bridge. The attempt was thwarted by aggressive musket and cannon fire from the fifty or so U.S. Navy sailors and the 20 artillery men within the fort. Today, park staff and reenactors like the East Florida Rangers provide living history demonstrations of life at Fort Foster.

2016 Colonial Night Watch

Held December 3rd and 4th, Colonial Night Watch is one of the premier events in St. Augustine, FL. Hosted by the Spanish Garrison, British Regulars and East Florida Rangers work with the National Park Service, the Colonial Quarter Museum and St. Augustine to reenact the times during America's Revolution.

2016 History Educational Field Trip

The East Florida Rangers, Inc. try to schedule an annual field trip to visit and learn more about Florida's history, especially where it involves the American Revolution.  On August 13, 2016, Florida's two battle sites were paid a visit along with plenty of social time in Fernandina Beach, FL.  Enjoy the photos.

Pine Castle Pioneer Days

Pine Castle Pioneer days celebrates Fort Gatlin. The fort is no longer standing but a large park and active historical society support Orlando's local history.  The community is located just south of the downtown area.

2014 St Augustine British Night Watch

Just a few minutes of video and a couple of pictures discovered on one of our phones. In 2014, the event was called the British Night Watch. We had a larger contingent of British Reenactors for this event.