• Dry Tortugas

    Dry Tortugas

    National Park Florida

Archeologic excavation at Fort Jefferson

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Fort Jefferson Parade Grounds Excavation Site
National Park Service

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News Release Date: February 11, 2009
Contact: Linda Friar, 305-242-7714
Contact: Melissa Memory, 305-242-7755

In celebration of Florida Archaeology Month, Dry Tortugas National Park will feature a public archaeology excavation in the parade ground at historic Fort Jefferson March 13-16, 2009. The project, sponsored by Dry Tortugas National Park, the National Park Service’s Southeast Archeological Center, the Florida Public Archaeology Network, and the South Florida National Parks Trust, will focus on what is to believed to be a circa 1850’s storehouse from the early construction era of the Fort.

If you've been considering a trip to this very special place with one of a kind cultural and natural resources this is a great reason to make plans for that trip. This special program is a great opportunity for visitors to experience discoveries as they happen and learn about Fort Jefferson’s fascinating buried past. Visitors can observe archaeologists in action, ask questions, and participate in archaeology activities just for kids!

Dry Tortugas National Park is accessible by ferries that depart from Key West daily, weather permitting. Camping is also available. For information on visiting Dry Tortugas National Park, go to www.nps.gov/drto, or call 305-242-7700.

Due to file size, photos available on request - contact Linda Friar at 786-385-0067 or Linda_Friar@nps.gov.

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Did You Know?

Dr. Samuel Mudd

Fort Jefferson served for a time as a remote prison facility. One of its most famous inmates was none other than Dr. Samuel Mudd, who set the leg of John Wilkes Booth following the assassination of President Lincoln. Mudd was incarcerated on the Dry Tortugas for only four years, from 1865 to 1869.