Fort Clinch Media Release
Contact: Park Ranger Andrew Smith
March 28, 2018 1:00 p.m.
(Fernandina Beach, Florida) – On Saturday, April 14, 2018, history buffs, community leaders, and preservationists will aid in the maintenance and restoration of numerous sites as part of Park Day, the Civil War Trust’s annual hands-on preservation event. Thousands of volunteers across the country will participate as Park Day celebrates its largest year ever with over 155 historic sites in 32 states.
In Fernandina Beach, Florida Fort Clinch State Park will host a Park Day event beginning at 10:00 am. Needs include leveling of internal walkways, stuffing of mattresses and sweeping of rooms. A local historian will also be available to describe the park’s significance. For more information about Park Day at Fort Clinch State Park, please contact Ranger Andrew Smith by phone at 904.277.7274 or by e-mail at [email protected].
WHAT: WHEN: WHERE:
- Park Day volunteer event at Fort Clinch State Park April 14, 2018, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
- Meet at the Fort Clinch Visitor Center at 2601 Atlantic Ave., Fernandina Beach, FL, 32034
The Civil War Trust is a national nonprofit land preservation organization devoted to the protection of America’s hallowed battlegrounds. It saves the battlefields of the Civil War, the Revolutionary War and War of 1812, and educates the public about their importance in forging the nation we are today. To date, the Trust has preserved over 48,000 acres of battlefield land in 24 states. Learn more at Civilwar.org.
At over 1,400 acres, Fort Clinch State Park is situated on Florida’s northernmost barrier island, Amelia Island. The park is located among beautiful natural communities and provides exceptional recreational activities ranging from wildlife viewing to important cultural attractions and unparalleled living history interpretive programs.
The park’s namesake, Fort Clinch is a brick masonry fort that saw service in the American Civil War, the Spanish-American War and World War II. Initially restored by the Civilian Conservation Corps and opened to the public as one of Florida’s first state parks, Fort Clinch stands one of the most well preserved example of a seacoast fortification in the United States and provides a window into the world of the soldiers who served there.
For a complete list of participating Park Day Sites, visit Civilwar.org/parkday. Volunteers can participate in Park Day online by using the hashtag #ParkDay2018.