Come learn about the local American Indians that were here when the Spanish made first contact. See a unique side of the Castillo’s history when Union troops used the fort as a prison and incarcerated Seminoles, Plains Indians, and Chiricahua Apaches here throughout the 1800s. Learn what life was like inside these walls through their eyes.
Special displays and events focusing on the Timucuans and Seminoles will be going on during the first weekend; the third weekend, events will focus on the Plains Indians; and the fourth weekend of the month will center on the Apache history.
Nov. 18-19: Plains Indians Weekend:
The longest of the 1800s imprisonments, the Plains Indians were held in the fort from 1875-1878. During this time, several of the prisoners created art pieces depicting their time spent inside the Castillo. Come view these pieces on display as well as listen in to rangers and volunteers giving presentations throughout the day on the prisoners’ story. A Junior Ranger activity will also be available where kids can paint sea beans and take them home as souvenirs!