Living History, Civil War
February 28*, 29 and March 1, 2020
Saturday, February 29,2020, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and
Sunday, March 1, 2020, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Battle of Santa Rosa Island at 2 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday
The Battle of Santa Rosa Island presents an historical backdrop to the reenactment element of our living history presentation. On October 9, 1861 four floating barges containing roughly 1,500 Confederate troops lands under cover of darkness on Santa Rosa Island in Pensacola Bay.
There will be two informational presentations at the event. The first will tell the story of the Hillsborough River Raid and the recovery of one of the artifacts from a Confederate blockade runner sunk during the raid, right here in Tampa. The second will present the actual Battle of Santa Rosa Island, its combatants, its lead-up, the battle itself, its denouement and its consequences.
Lawn Chairs welcome, great food, live entertainment, traditional crafters, sutlers, demonstrations, all museum buildings open, and more.
- Ladies Tea at the Mabel Jordan Barn 10:30 am on Saturday (2/29)
(time period dress required to participate but spectators welcome to attend)
-Time Period Fashion Show at 11:30 am
- Church Service at the Enterprise Methodist Church 10:30 am Sunday (3/1)
*Schedule of Special Presentations:
- The Battle of Santa Rosa Island by David Eckardt
*Friday 9:30am and 11:30 am
Saturday & Sunday 1:30 pm
- The Hillsborough River Raid by James Marshall
**Friday 10:00am and 12:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday 12:00 pm
- Perspectives on the Civil War
by Al Stone portraying General Robert E. Lee
Bret Gordon portraying General Ulysses S. Grant
- Live music throughout the weekend with "The 7 lbs of Bacon Mess Band"
Lawn chairs welcome. NO PETS ALLOWED
Hearing protection recommended for small children (cannons can be very loud).
*School Day Field Trips Only Feb. 28, 9 a.m. -1 p.m. Must Pre-register and pre-pay $4 per person or $5 per person at the gate (unless other arrangements have been made.) No minimum group size for this event.
School Day Field Trip, Feb 28. Step back in time, this day will consist of self-guided tours for public, private, and home school students. Students pass through a series of living history stations that reveal different aspects of the Civil War and life during the 1860’s. Some of the stations may include, but will not be limited to the following:
Re-enactors in period dress/uniforms and in character
Live music demonstrations of time period songs
Medical Hospital Units
Food preferences and preparation, supplies, daily activities
Narrations by re-enactor soldiers about why they fight for the cause
Explanations about the different types of cannons and side arms
Blacksmith and wood wright demonstrations
Museum buildings open with tour guides, including the 1860's Overstreet House
Food items, drinks and snacks will be available for purchase, cash only, no credit cards. You may also bring your lunch and picnic on the grounds (FRIDAY ONLY).
Lesson Plans - https://www.floridamemory.com/onlineclassroom/floridacivilwar/lessonplans/
Florida State Standards Addressed by this field trip include, but are not limited to:
SS.4.A.5 - Crisis of the Union: Civil War and Reconstruction in Florida. SS.8.A.5 - Examine the causes, course, and consequence of the Civil War and Reconstruction including its effects on American peoples. SS.912.A.2 - Understand the causes, course, and consequences of the Civil War and Reconstruction and its effects on the American people.