Civic Chorale plans fish fry and tour of Natural Bridge Battlefield Historic State Park
The Tallahassee Civic Chorale is sponsoring a fish fry lunch and walking tour at Natural Bridge Battlefield Historic State Park on Saturday, March 14, from 11 a.m. to about 3 p.m. The walking tour will be in the recently acquired acreage commonly called the Rakestraw property, where much of the 1865 Civil War battle took place. The area is not normally open to the general public.
This year, there will be several opportunities for walking tours. The shortest will go through the area of Florida’s second largest battle at the point where the St. Marks River goes underground. A guided tour will go through the area of Florida’s second largest battle at the point where the St. Marks River goes underground. The total distance is about 1 mile.
A second tour will be through the re-enactment fields within the park itself. It is slightly longer, and will feature the area where the re-enactment, held the weekend before, will have been. The total distance for this walk is about 1.75 miles.
2020欧洲杯正规平台The third tour will be a round trip to the newly-acquired access to Horn Springs a marked 7 mile walk, or alternately, a bike ride for those who bring them. The views of the restored springs are worth the journey, having been restored to original state.
2020欧洲杯正规平台Evidence of Native Americans, likely attracted by the fresh water and local fauna, have also been found on the property. Artifacts have been dated as far back as 10,000 B.C. The tour will view karsts and first magnitude springs that are part of the headwaters of the St. Marks River. Alligators and turtles are often spotted in the karsts and springs.
March is a good time to find native Florida wildflowers blooming. Look for blue eyed grass, a native iris, and Atamosca or zephyr lilies in the open area near Natural Bridge Road. Pinxters, a native pink azalea, bloom on the edges of the karsts and springs.
The natural bridge formed by the river going underground provided the ideal place for Union forces consisting of two regiments of African-American soldiers led by Brig. Gen. John Newton to cross from the east side of the St. Marks with the objective of capturing Florida’s capital city.
Defending the crossing were a small band of Confederate troops under the command of Brig. Gen. William Miller, determined to halt the Union advance. Alerted of the approaching Union forces, volunteers from the surrounding area, including cadets from the Florida Military and Collegiate Institute (now Florida State University) joined the Confederate troops, and repelled three Union attempts to capture Tallahassee during a day-long battle on March 6, 1865.
2020欧洲杯正规平台It would be one of the Confederacy’s final military victories of the Civil War, just weeks before their surrender.
Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for students. Proceeds benefit the Tallahassee Civic Chorale, a local non-profit community choir. Tickets are available from Chorale members, through the Chorale website at www.civicchorale.org, or by phoning (850) 570-2291. The last day to reserve tickets is Thursday, March 12, 2020. Those with limited mobility may not be able to access all areas of the tour. Lunch included with the tour is fried mullet, cheese grits, coleslaw, and various sweets, with iced tea and water. Food made without gluten will be available.
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What: Fish Fry and Walking Tour
When: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, March 14
Where: Natural Bridge Battlefield Historic State Park
Tickets: Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for students. Tickets are available from Chorale members, through the Chorale website at www.civicchorale.org, or by phoning (850) 570-2291. The last day to reserve tickets is Thursday, March 12, 2020
Re-enactment of the Battle of Natural Bridge
What: 155th anniversary and 43rd Annual Re-enactment of the Battle of Natural Bridge
When: Authentic period camps will be open for public visitation starting 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 7-8. Merchants will be onsite selling articles and souvenirs of the period. The Tallahassee Elks Lodge will provide food. Skirmish Saturday and re-enactment Sunday.
Where: Natural Bridge Battlefield Historic State Park in Woodville
Details: For more information visit http://www.floridastateparks.org/parks-and-trails/natural-bridge-battlefield-historic-state-park