Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Olustee Reenactment set for this weekend (February 14-16, 2014)

Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park
The 38th annual reenactment of the Battle of Olustee will take place this weekend at Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park in Olustee, Florida.

This year's event commemorates the 150th anniversary of Florida's largest Civil War battle, which was fought on February 20, 1864. The park is on U.S. 90 in Olustee, 15 miles east of Lake City and 50 miles west of Jacksonville. To find it on your GPS, enter 5815 Battlefield Trail, Olustee, FL.

Admission to this year's event is $10 for adults, $5 for school-age children and free for pre-school kids.

The weekend's events kick off on Friday (Feb. 14) in Lake City and then move to the battlefield for Saturday and Sunday.  The main battle reenactments will take place on Saturday at 3 p.m. and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. (Eastern).

Here are some of the highlights of this year's event:

Friday

9:00 a.m. - Memorial Service at Oaklawn Cemetery, W. Franklin, Lake City.
9:00 a.m. - Entertainment, arts & crafts, food, etc., in Lake City until 6 p.m.

Saturday

10:30 a.m. - Parade in Lake City
2:30 p.m. - Period music at Battlefield
3:30 p.m. - Reenactment at Battlefield

Sunday

9:00 a.m. - Authentic campsites open to the public until 12 noon at Battlefield.
1:30 p.m. - 38th Annual Reenactment of the Battle on the Battlefield.

To learn more about the history of the Battle of Olustee and to see the new mini-documentary on the battle, please visit www.exploresouthernhistory.com/olustee.

To learn more about planned events this year, please visit www.olusteefestival.com.


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