Living History program brings Fort Pickens to life

Visitors at Fort Pickens had an opportunity to take a trip back in time on a cool but sunny Saturday morning. The historic military installation along the Gulf Islands National Seashore was made to look as though it would have during the Civil War era.

Several tents were set up and Civil War re-enactors were dressed in Union Army uniforms and representing Third U.S. Company C – an actual unit stationed at the fort during the war. A fire was going for warmth, backpacks were laid out on the ground and guns were leaned up against a pole.

It was all part of the Living History program that Gulf Islands National Seashore sites will put on throughout the year.

“We do these every once in a while and it gives visitors a chance to experience what life was like inside the fort during the Civil War,” said Sandra Tennyson, the Resource Education Operations supervisor for Gulf Islands National Seashore. “It’s a great program.”

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