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Road to Olustee Living History Weekend at Camp Milton

Description: The “Road to Olustee” living history weekend is an re-enactment of life during the Civil War.  Featuring re-enactors performing daily tasks such spinning & weaving, cooking, and sewing as they were done in the 1860’s.  There will also be a skirmish battle at 2pm which includes the firing of canon.  So come on out for an opportunity to photograph a slice of time in a bygone era.

Recommended Skill Level: All

Recommended Photography Gear: Camera, maybe a monopod or tripod

Costs: The event is free.  Possible parking fee or donation request.

Miscellaneous Notes:

Watch the Video here: http://ow.ly/gH9tV

From: http://www.vivaflorida.org/Explore/Gardens-and-Parks/Camp-Milton-Historic-Preserve

“Designed and constructed in early 1864 at the direction of Confederate General Pierre G. T. Beauregard after the Battle of Olustee, Camp Milton served as the eastern headquarters for Confederate forces in Florida. With the construction of three miles of earthen and wood breastworks along the west bank of McGirts Creek, Beauregard planned this bastion to prevent Union advances from Jacksonville to the west toward the Confederate supply center and railhead at Baldwin.

This camp, named for Florida's Civil War Governor John Milton, housed as many as 6,000 Confederate infantry and 1,500 cavalry troops in early 1864, but many of them were soon transferred to other theaters of the war. Several skirmishes were fought in the vicinity of Camp Milton and, in June 1864, a Union force from Jacksonville of some 2,500 men temporarily occupied Camp Milton after the outnumbered Confederate troops had withdrawn. After destroying much of the camp, the Union force withdrew back to Jacksonville, and Camp Milton was again occupied by Confederate troops. Camp Milton has been described as "one of the most significant [preserved earthworks] sites associated with the Civil War in Florida." Managed by the City of Jacksonville, the Camp Milton Historic Preserve provides educational programming through the site's Learning Center, which displays Civil War artifacts found on and around Camp Milton. Numerous interpretive panels throughout the site explain its history. The Road to Olustee Living History Weekend is an annual event held at the site in advance of the annual February Olustee Battle Reenactment.”

Please note that our meetups are intended to be open and welcoming to all members (even non-members :-) ). The recommended skill level and gear are intended as guidelines for photographers to decide what meetups will suit them best.

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  • Cherrie M.

    The event was great fun! I took tons of pictures and had great fun meeting other members of the group I did not meet in the previous session. I'm late downloading my pictures but can't wait to review what I have because there were so many opportunities for great shots.

    February 9, 2013

  • Edwin

    It was a great activity, the people that are reenactors have a great knowledge of history.

    February 9, 2013

  • James (Jim) R.

    Really enjoy all the meetups that this group has done.

    February 9, 2013

  • James (Jim) R.

    Very good meetup.

    February 9, 2013

  • Frank

    Had a great time meeting with everyone who made it out. My apologies for having the wrong address (silly me expecting a Florida Dept of State website to have it right).

    February 9, 2013

  • Michelle T.

    Just FYI..... Parking is a challenge, arrive early and be prepared to walk. Also, if you want to watch the battle re-enactment, Please get to that location early!!!!!! The best vantage point is near the ropes in the middle. Good luck and have fun!!!

    February 2, 2013

    • Frank

      Actually that is good advice for anyone going to Olustee. Ft Milton isn't as big of draw or challenge (although parking may still be an issue it isn't as much walking) or at least last year. I set the meetup time with idea the we will have about an hour to look around and then find spots for the battle about 20 to 30 minutes before it starts. Getting a spot and moving about shouldn't be as much of an issue as it is at Olustee.

      February 5, 2013

  • Kathryn A.

    I'm confused... the battle is on feb 15-17, what is going on Feb 9? Will all the settlers be there on Feb 9? Thank you

    February 3, 2013

    • mindy s.

      Same here!???? Think this is a regular Saturday thing they often do at Ft. Milton and not the huge annual event???

      February 3, 2013

    • Frank

      The Battle at Olustee is the 15th -17th. This is an event Ft Milton holds as a living history "pre-show" if you will the weekend before the historic battle which they promote as the Road to Olustee (which in a historic context makes no since apparently Camp Milton was founded after the Battle at Olustee).

      February 5, 2013

  • Cherrie M.

    I've been to Ft. Milton and you can also reach it from the Baldwin Trail (Just before the bridge on the trail that leads from the rest station) if you decide to park at the trail head of the Baldwin trail and ride your bike over to the back of Ft. Milton. I mention that because their are about 40 slots for parking at the park itself.

    February 2, 2013

  • James (Jim) R.

    Sounds good to me.

    January 31, 2013

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