The annual candlelight tour event at Fort Pickens has been set for Friday, July 22, officials with the Gulf Islands National Seashore announced this week.

“The Candlelight Tour is a great way for visitors to experience the fort in a whole new light, learn about life at the fort, and the experience of the Civil War soldier at Fort Pickens in 1861,” officials said in a release.

During the event, which will take place from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., park rangers, volunteers, and Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) members will guide visitors through Fort Pickens with stops featuring unique stories. Living historians will also be on site to provide further insight into the life of a soldier at Fort Pickens during the early years of the American Civil War.

The program itself is free, but there is an entrance fee for the Fort Pickens Area. The candlelight tour will go forward regardless of rain or shine, and visitors are encouraged to dress appropriately and bring a flashlight. Visitors looking for more information can contact the Gulf Islands National Seashore at (850) 934-2600.

Fort Pickens’ annual candlelight tour is planned and presented by members of the Youth Conservation Corps, officials said. The YCC provides paid opportunities for young members of the community to spend their summer protecting the nation’s special resources. This year, Gulf Islands National Seashore is hosting six local high school students in Florida for eight weeks, as well as four in Mississippi.


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