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In 1740, the continued existence of St. Augustine was in doubt. British General James Oglethorpe laid siege and was poised to run the Spanish from the Ancient City. Citizens –terrified about the possibility of losing their homes –clung to the hope that the Spanish forces would strike a blow from the Castillo that would send the English invaders away. A desperate plan was conceived to attack the British occupiers of Fort Mose.
On the evening of Friday, January 30th, staff and volunteers in 18th century period clothing will tell the stories of St. Augustine on the brink of its destiny. Visitors will experience that evening before the Fort Mose counterattack. They will learn about life in the town during the siege as the cannon fire away at the British on Anastasia Island.
There will be six nighttime candlelit living history tours that highlight the events of 1740, each lasting roughly 45 minutes. Tours depart from the ticket both at 6:45, 7:00, 7:15, 7:30, 7:45, and 8:00 pm. Non-refundable tickets are available, on a first come, first serve basis, and may be purchased in advance at the ticket booth or by phone by calling (904) 829-6506 ext. 232. Space is limited. The cost is $8 per adult ages 16 and up, $4 per child ages 5 to 15, and children under 5 free. For questions, please call (904) 829-6506 ext. 233.