Annual Candlelight Program of Fort Pickens Announced

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July 14, 2017
Gulf Islands News Release

Release Date:  July 13, 2017

Contacts:          Brent Everitt,, 850-934-2612

Annual Candlelight Program of Fort Pickens Announced

Gulf Breeze, Fla. – Gulf Islands National Seashore will hold its annual Candlelight Program at Fort Pickens on July 27, 2017. The program will start at 6:30 p.m. and end at 8:30 p.m. The Candlelight Program 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 unique stories. Living historians will be on site to provide further insight into the life of a soldier at Fort Pickens during the early years of the American Civil War.

Visitors are encouraged to dress appropriately and bring drinking water and a flashlight. This is a rain or shine event. The program is free, but there is an entrance fee for the Fort Pickens Area. For additional information, contact the national seashore at (850) 934-2600.

This program is planned and presented by members of the Youth Conservation Corps. The YCC provides paid opportunities for young members of the community to spend their summer protecting the nation’s special resources. This year, Gulf Islands National Seashore is hosting six local high school students in Florida for eight weeks, as well as four in Mississippi.

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Gulf Islands National Seashore
1801 Gulf Breeze Parkway
Gulf Breeze, FL 32563
850-934-2600 (HQ)
228-230-4100 (MS)