Historic Weapons Week through January 1

US Park Ranger Jeffrey Edel, Supervisor of Historic Weapons at Castillo de San Marcos National Monument, reported to Historic City News that the week between Christmas and New Years’ Day has historically been the busiest of the year with attendance usually between 4000 and 6000 per day.

With this unique opportunity to reach and teach the public, the National Park Service has traditionally presented Historic Weapons Demonstrations every day during this time.

“During the holidays, we encourage all our volunteers to come and assist us with musket and cannon demonstrations,” Edel said. “Let’s bring in the New Year in black powder style.”

Historic Weapons Demonstration Schedule

The Historic Weapons Program Demonstrations are scheduled regularly at both
Parks Weather and Personnel Permitting; note these times and dates;

Castillo de San Marcos

Friday, Saturday & Sunday; (Cannon and/or Musket)
10:30, 11:30, 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30
Other dates & times as personnel and conditions allow

Contact: Rangers Joe Brehm (904) 829-6506 x233

Fort Matanzas

Musket Demos Wednesdays and Saturdays on the 12:30 thru 3:30 Tours.
Daytime Cannon Firings for CY2012 – January 7, February 4, March
(Tentative), April 14, May 12, June 2, July 7, August 4, September 1,
October 6, November 3, December 8

Contact: Ranger Chris Leverett (904) 471-0116


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