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Fort Frederica

February 2007

Train Wallpapers

Big Pool on the C&O Canal

Big Pool Photo Gallery

Weverton Branch of the B&O

Brunswick Railroad Days

Martinsburg B&O Roundhouse

Martinsburg B&O Roundhouse Continued

Martinsburg B&O Roundhouse History

Fort Fredericia

Fort Frederick October 23, 2004

Fort Frederick Photo Gallery

Scottish Heritage Day at Fort King George

Plum Orchard February 2007

Darien GA March 2006

Darien Photos March 2006

Kissing Bridges of Frederick County

Cherry Blossoms in Washington, D.C. 2005

Seneca Stone Cutting Mill Index Page

Seneca Stone Cutting Mill

Weverton Industrial Village

Weverton Industrial Village - Revisited

Two Trails

LHSA Meeting October 2007

Letchworth State Park

George Eastman House

1st Digital Camera

Chairman Leica Camera

Cathedral of St. Francis of Assisi

Bandelier National Monument

St. Marys Kingfish Classic 2007

In 1734, General Oglethorpe landed with a small party on Saint Simons Island, Georgia.  In order to protect Savannah from the Spanish, he wanted to establish a defensive fortification and this seemed to be a likely spot.

By 1739, the spot had turned into a fortified town with walls, gates and moats.  According to "Frederica: Colonial Fort and Town, Its place in history" by Trevor R. Reese, (page 13), "Frederica was strategically the most important of the early settlements in Georgia.  It was the hub of the colony's defense against the Spaniards to the south, and in 1742 it was the headquarters of the the forces which decisively repulsed a Spanish invasion."

This February, the Fort held a Living History Festival. There were probably 50 or so men, women, and children in colonial costumes helping to give the long-abandoned fort and town a bit of human history.

 
Nan Gorden was about the first person you saw when you went past the Ranger Station.  She had a tent with Colonial children's games set up. One of the games was to throw a hoop with sticks and then have someone catch it with their sticks.  Obviously, she immersed herself in the task. A Spanish re-enactor plays hoops with a child in Colonial dress.
 
The first group was a gathering of the Highlanders.  In the history of the fort, they came from Darien, GA to help man the fort.

 

The Highlanders got to fire their muskets over the Frederica River. 

The English were busily signing up new recruits. In the same tent were some additional games from the period.  Here is a very early version of a pinball game. Still in the English tent, there was a serving wench who looked quite startled to have her photo taken.

The Spanish tent was nearest the old powder magazines. In their costumes, the Spanish have a lunch break. One of the great things about a Festival like this is that the history and linage of words and can be passed on.  Here a Spanish re-enactor is explaining the way a flint-lock worked and how some of the words we use today come from that weapon.
The Fort is now a National Monument.  You can find more information about the Monument at http://www.nps.gov/fofr/ .
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