Candlelantern Tours 2011
Contact: Gloria Lee, (912) 786-5787
Fort Pulaski Sets Dates for Candlelantern Tours
Fort Pulaski will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Confederate Nog party of 1861 on Friday, December 9, 2011, and Saturday, December 10, 2011. The long-lived Savannah tradition will continue this year with night-time tours of the historic fort by candlelight and oil lamps.
The original party, held at Christmas time in 1861, gave the Confederate garrison at Fort Pulaski a respite from the tension of impending battle. The fort casemates, armed with cannons, were decorated with holiday garlands. As one soldier commented, tables groaned under the weight of fine delicacies sent down from the city. With song and good cheer, the men celebrated a light-hearted moment as the dark clouds of war gathered over Savannah.
For the 150th anniversary, hot cider and cookies, music, caroling and night-time weapons firings will allow visitors to re-live the festive occasion. Advance reservations are required for this year’s event. The fort begins taking reservations in November. Reservations can be made in person or over the phone by calling (912) 786-5787.
The cost of the program is $5 per adult. Children under 15 are free, but must be issued a ticket.
Did You Know?
In the late 19th century caretakers of the fort lived in a two-story wooden frame house atop Fort Pulaski's massive walls. Caretakers later planted the two large pecan trees and fig tree seen inside the fort. Fort Pulaski National Monument, Georgia