On Saturday, February 19th, over 1500 visitors joined the National Park Service in commemorating the arrival of Frederica's first residents in 1736.
Hands-on activities provided an opportunity for young visitors to experience site history. Participants who completed five period crafts, games and archaeological activities earned the opportunity to visit the Tavern where a British recruiting sergeant provided them beer (root) or ale (ginger) to sit and talk about the glories that await them if they joined the British army. Those who signed their recruitment papers received a shilling coin (chocolate) as their recruitment bonus.
Living History volunteers from the Castillo de San Marcos NM and the St. Augustine garrison portrayed Spanish soldiers and shared their perspective on the new British town on territory claimed by Spain. Members of the Fort Frederica militia, the Marine Company of Boatmen (Wormsloe State Historic Site) and soldiers from Fort King George State Historic Site provided historic weapons demonstrations.
This event, supported by park partner, the Fort Frederica Association, is one of many programs offered by the park to commemorate Frederica's 275th anniversary.