Experience Fort Mose: Colonial Children Story Time and Crafts
Saturday, September 26. 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Fort Mose
Please Note: This event is from 2015.
Fort Mose: Colonial Children in La Florida Story Time and Crafts is a monthly history program dedicated to the re-creation of specific events within Fort Mose. Volunteers dress in time-period appropriate clothing, giving visitors a quick glimpse of the past as a result.
This program will focus on bringing the Fort Mose experience to children. A resident of Fort Mose will lead all children into a story of what it was like to be an African child growing up in in St. Augustine during the early 1700’s. Children can learn about flint lock muskets and drill along with other militiamen, or make leather bracelets and necklaces.
There will be a monthly “Experience Fort Mose” living history program showcasing different pastimes of St. Augustime in incredibly different ways. Through many demonstrations volunteers will allow guests to revisit these historical events through education and shows.
History of the founding of Fort Mose: Everything changed in 1738 when Spanish Governor Manuel de Montiano established what is known as the first free African American community in the U.S. He named the settlement El Pueblo de Gracia Real de Santa Teresa de Mose, in honor of the Spanish King and Native Americans who called him Mose.
Captain Francisco Menendez, head of the African militia, was named chief of the community and helped guard his residents from the British invasion of the north. Fort Mose was known as a haven for those fleeing slavery in the English colonies in the Carolinas. The Fort has since been recognized for its significance and designated a national landmark in 1994.
Admission: Regular park fees are required $2 per person museum fee.
Where? Fort Mose State Park located at 15 Fort Mose Trail St. Augustine, FL 32084.
When? 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, September 26, 2015.
For more information on this event or on the park please call (904) 823-2232 or