Civil War

Gulf Islands program shines light on history

Gulf Islands program shines light on history

Soldier re-enactors walked around dressed in attire they would have worn in the 1860s. Students who have spent the summer working with the Youth Conservation Corps spoke to the crowds that gathered around them about the history of the fort as the sun set behind them. Rain eventually did roll in, but it didn’t put […]

History comes alive at black powder demonstrations

History comes alive at black powder demonstrations

Caleb Pascoe is at historic Fort Pickens taking practice shots with a black powder rifle in preparation for a demonstration later that morning. A family walks by while touring the fort on a sunny Saturday in April and asks Pascoe, dressed in the uniform Union soldiers wore during the Civil War, if it would be […]

Personal accounts from the Civil War

Personal accounts from the Civil War

When residents of our area have a question about local history, they turn to historian, author and Pensacola State College professor Dr. Brian Rucker. If it happened in Northwest Florida and had any significance, Rucker likely knows about it. “I really should start charging for this. I could make a fortune one quarter at a […]

Candlelight Tour at Fort Pickens

The Candlelight Tour is a great way for visitors to experience the fort in a whole new light, learn about life at the fort, and the experience of the Civil War soldier at Fort Pickens in 1861. Park rangers, volunteers, and Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) members will guide visitors through Fort Pickens with stops featuring […]

Locals bring aid, gospel to poverty-stricken Nicaragua

Locals bring aid, gospel to poverty-stricken Nicaragua

Tomorrow morning, Navarre locals Doug, Deborah and Paul Gilmore will wake with the sun in the heart of rural Nicaragua to begin a long day of feeding, building and preaching to the impoverished locals. The Gilmore family is on their eighth mission trip to Nicaragua as part of Light and Life Missions program, a group […]

Take a walk through history at Bagdad Mill Site Park

Take a walk through history at Bagdad Mill Site Park

The Bagdad Mill Site Park, a grassy space on the bank of Blackwater River and Pond Creek, has been named a Florida Heritage Site, an honor awarded to only six locations in Santa Rosa County. A large, black plaque describing the birth of this lumber mill community and its significance during the Civil War stands […]

5 Things to Know in Florida for Feb. 25

5 Things to Know in Florida for Feb. 25

LEGISLATURE VOTES TO REPLACE CONFEDERATE GENERAL’S STATUE The House approved the bill Wednesday requiring the Great Floridians Committee to recommend three individuals to be considered by the Legislature and governor to replace Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith. Smith is famous as the last Confederate officer to surrender a significant military force in the Civil War. POLICE […]