American Camp Visitor Center on Summer Schedule
The American Camp visitor center is open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through September 1. Grounds remain open daily from dawn to 11 p.m More »
English Camp Visitor Contact Station on Summer Schedule
The English Camp visitor contact station in the Royal Marine Barracks is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., daily through September 1. Grounds are open daily from dawn to 11 p.m.
Civil War Connections
Many of the key American players in the Pig War incident, on and off island, went on to serve in the American Civil War in both Confederate and Union ranks. For some, the war brought fame, promotion and long careers. For others, it brought death, destruction, lasting heartache...and legend.
Throughout the war, American Camp remained an active U.S. Army installation, garrisoned entirely by regular Army soldiers who rotated between Northwest Washington and the battlefields of the East. The enlisted soldiers probably counted their blessings to be away from the fray, while the officers chafed for glory and the promotions that were certain to follow. Click on the links above for a few of the more prominent participants:
PARK AND PARTNERS ASSEMBLE CIVIL WAR PROGRAM SERIES
San Juan Island National Historical Park will explore the relationships between the American Civil War and the San Juan Islands and Pacific Northwest with Connections: The Far West and Civil War, a series of lectures and performances scheduled June through August at the San Juan Island Library.
The six library programs-scheduled at 7 p.m., June 28, July 20, and August 2, 3, 10 and 17 are free of charge, thanks to a $500 grant to the library from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. The seventh program, The Life and Times of General George Pickett, now in its 17th year, will commemorate the sesquicentennial of Pickett's Charge with a special July 3 production at the San Juan Community Theatre, followed by a second show, August 7. Tickets are available at the theater.
The National Park Service's The Civil War: 150 Years commemorative website provides an in-depth look at one of the defining events in our nation's history by presenting historical features and resources designed to illustrate the relevancy of events that occurred 150 years ago. Among the highlights:
A Then & Now feature illustrating how events of 150 years ago continue to influence the America of the 21st century. Timelines and links to historic documents, photos, lesson plans and other resources illustrate the surprising parallels.
Links to other Civil War resources on nps.gov, including the Civil War Soldiers and System and the websites for the more than 70 National Park sites that tell the story of Civil War and its enduring legacies.
Did You Know?
American Camp's Officers' Quarters, built in 1859-1860, is the oldest structure on San Juan Island. It may have once been home to Capt. George E. Pickett of Civil War fame.