Thursday, August 21, 2014
Happy birthday, park service

Living history demonstrations from the Civil War era are set for Dry Tortugas National Park as part of the National Park Service's 98th birthday celebrations.

The re-enactor performances by the Key West-based Friends of Fort Taylor begin Friday and end Monday. The performers will recreate experiences of Battery C stationed at Fort Jefferson, including those of a blacksmith shop, camp life, cooking, weapons and artillery, medicine and a mourning display. The program will also feature educational talks about island life.

The park is accessible by private or charter boats, ferries or seaplanes from Key West. There will be no charge Monday for admission.