Civil War weekend May 17-19

The Apalachicola Maritime Museum is hosting a Civil War weekend to coordinate with the opening of the new Civil War exhibit.

Collaborators for the weekend include the National Civil War Naval Museum in Columbus Ga., St. George Island Lighthouse Association, Orman House Museum, Raney House Museum, Apalachicola Area Historical Society and the city of Apalachicola.

Ken Johnson, director of the Civil War Naval Museum will deliver the keynote lecture at 7 p.m. Friday. On Saturday, reenactors will represent Union forces making an amphibious landing in Apalachicola.

There will be additional lectures all day Saturday at the Apalachicola Center for History, Culture and Art.

There will be a US Marines “recruiting station,” weapons display, weapons and artillery drills, a demonstration by a surgeon, musket firing demonstrations and fun activities for children of all ages.

Reenactor groups expected include USS Fort Henry Living History Unit, the crew of the USS Water Witch and the USS Pawnee Marine Guard.

Living history interpreters, including members of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, will depict civilian life at the Raney and Orman House Museums.

Apalachicola Mayor Van Johnson will read the Emancipation Proclamation at Riverfront Park accompanied by an African-American choir.

At 8 p.m. Saturday, the Panhandle Players will perform “Island Light: War and Reconciliation,” sponsored by the St. George Island Lighthouse Association. The play is adapted from a novel written by Alexander Key, by director Ann Cowle. Musician Brook Jones will perform period banjo pieces between scenes. The play will be presented as theatre under the stars at Lighthouse Park on St. George Island. Bring your own chair.

On Sunday, the Apalachicola Area Historical Society will conduct tours in historic Chestnut Street Cemetery every half hour from 1 to 4 p.m.

At the Maritime Museum, Dr. Nancy White will give a talk entitled “An Archaeological Mystery of Confederate Forts on the Apalachicola River.”


Golf Gone Wild! Saturday

Don’t miss the silent auction of the second annual Golf Gone Wild golf tournament on Saturday, May 18 at St. James Bay Golf Resort. The tourney benefits the Florida Wild Mammal Association. The silent auction of weekend packages, art and more will be from 1 to 4 p.m.