Imagine stepping back in time to 1864 you are walking through the draw bridge at Fort Clinch, down the dark brick covered enterance you stumble upon a few Soldiers who greet you in full salute. You look around and you are right in the middle of an entire community that lives, and works at the Fort. That...is the feeling you get when you enter the grounds at Fort Clinch State Park. You are greeted by park staff who are all dressed in Civil War clothing while providing you with a living interpretation of the life on the Fort. You can find Soldiers, a Doctor, the Baker and a several others who eagerly reenact the history right before your eyes. I have visited several Forts in the past but have never participated in something like this.
Apparently my husband and I visited on the perfect day. On the first weekend of every month you get the opportunity to interact with living historians who bring to life 1864. The Fort will come alive with staff demonstrating the common duties and activities found on the Fort. Firing demonstrations, marching drills, and cooking. Meet the women and children of the Fort too! This is very unique way to teach us about the past and would be awesome for little kids too. Keep in mind that this only happens on the first weekend of every month. You can find the all of the upcoming events at Fort Clinch by clicking the link below.
What Iove most about this Fort is the fact that almost every single room, hallway, corridor and building is open for you to see and tour at your own leisure. Most common room like the jail and laundry room above are fully decorated as it would have been years ago. Other areas of the Fort are empty, all you see is the actual structure itself. This was also kind of cool, because it leaves your imagination to wonder what it would have looked like. As my husband and I walked through the Fort climbing narrow staircases and walking along deserted hallways it was definitely a little eerie and interesting at the same time.
This was the only room that was closed and locked during our visit, I'm not sure why, but I did find a tiny hole in the door that I could photograph what was inside. Through the tiny knot I could see that this was the Doctor's office, and later I found out that he was responsible for everything that was related to health. He performed surgeries, dental procedures, health exams and took care of the women in the Fort including delivering babies. When he was unsure on how to treat something he referenced a book.
Things To Do While Visiting Fort Clinch
- Historic Site
- Visitors Center
- Wildlife Viewing
Park Hours, 365 days a year
Park is open from 8 a.m. - Sundown
Fort is open from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Visitor Center is open from 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
$4 Single occupant vehicle
$6 2-8 occupants per vehicle
$2.50 per person for the Fort
For more information visit, Fort Clinch State Park