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Contact: Jon Burpee, 912-638-3639
Fort Frederica National Monument Superintendent Mary Beth Wester is pleased to announce a special living history program that will immerse visitors in an important aspect of colonial culture – the tavern. On Saturday, April 9, 2011 at 7:00 pm, visitors are invited to join some of Frederica’s 18th-century residents at the site of the Bennett Tavern for an enlightening evening.
The program begins at the Visitor Center where a park ranger will lead visitors on a “pub crawl” to the various tavern sites within Frederica Towne. The tour is designed to help visitors discover the importance of taverns in colonial towns like Frederica. More than just a place of amusement, they were a focal point of a town – a center of information about the outside world and a place of debate.
The final tour stop will be at the site of the Bennett Tavern where visitors will experience an evening in 1739. As they enjoy an evening in a colonial tavern, participants will learn some of the stories of Frederica’s past, participate in colonial tavern games and sing period tavern songs. Non-alcoholic refreshments will be served to participants.
According to Wester, “Living history programs help personalize the history of Fort Frederica. I invite visitors to come and explore their national park and meet the people of the past.”
Admission fees will be charged (See below for information on admission fees). Space is limited for this program. Tickets will be handed out on the day of the program on a first-come, first-served basis.
Admission Fees: Adults (age 16 +) are $3.00 per person. Children under age 16 are free. Fort Frederica, Interagency and Golden passes are valid for admission to the park and it events.
For further information about this event and the expanding number of programs at Fort Frederica National Monument visitors may contact the park Visitor Center at 912-638-3639 or visit the park website at www.nps.gov/fofr.