Historic Weapons Demonstrations at Fort Matanzas

Ranger Chris Leverett invited Historic City News readers to take a ferry to Rattlesnake Island and experience daily military life at the 18th century Spanish fort that guarded the southern approach to St Augustine, courtesy of the National Park Service.

From 12:30 p.m. until 3:30 p.m., authentically clad re-enactors will demonstrate Spanish muskets and fire cannons at Fort Matanzas National Monument.

Admissions to the historic site, the boat ride, and program are free.

The Historic Weapons Program demonstrations are scheduled regularly at both of St Augustine’s national monuments — weather and personnel permitting.

Castillo de San Marcos
Monday; (Musket Demonstrations) Changing schedule
Friday, Saturday & Sunday; (Cannon or Musket) 10:30, 11:30, 1:30, 2:30,
& 3:30
Other dates & times as personnel and conditions allow

Fort Matanzas
Daytime Cannon Firings– April 14, May 12, June 2, July 7, August 4,
September 1, October 6, November 3, December 8

Fort Matanzas National Monument is located on SR-A1A, at the south end of Anastasia Island, approximately 15 miles south of St Augustine.


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