The Past Comes Alive this Saturday at Fort Point Civil War Living History Day

January 20, 2014

Civil War Days Fort PointThis Saturday, the 150-year-old walls of Fort Point will again echo with the sounds of fifes and drums and tramp of boots as this San Francisco landmark celebrates Civil War Living History Day. Come watch and interact with dozens of reenactors from the American Civil War Association portraying Union soldiers and civilians from the time of the War Between the States at the only Civil War-era brick fort west of the Mississippi.

Fort Point's Civil War Living History Day takes place Saturday, January 25, 2014, from 10 am to 5 pm. Activities include infantry demonstrations, artillery discussions, flag raising and lowering ceremonies, and performances by period military musicians. Reenactors are happy to answer questions about history and various aspects of life during the Civil War.

We've attended this event a few times (it's usually held the last weekend of January), and it always exceeds our expectations. It's exciting to march into the fort right behind the fife-and-drum band, and entering the courtyard to see only reenactors in period dress was a thrilling experience that was the next best thing to traveling back in time. If you're at all interested in the Civil War or California's history, it's an event you have to attend.

Fort Point Fifes and DrumsFort Point Brass Band

If You Go

Fort PointFort Point National Historic Site is open Friday through Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm. The fort is located in San Francisco at Long Avenue and Marine Drive right under the south end of the Golden Gate Bridge. Admission is free. To get there, cross the Golden Gate Bridge and pass through the toll plaza in the far right lane. Take your first right, then turn right again to pass under the toll plaza and go through the Golden Gate Bridge parking lot. Turn left onto Lincoln Avenue and follow it down the hill to Marine Drive.

Parking is available along the road and in a small lot at the fort. You can also park near the Warming Hut at Crissy Field and walk over to Fort Point (you can also get food and drinks at the Warming Hut Café). It can be really cold in this old brick fort, even if it's sunny out, so dress in layered clothing. Restroom facilities and drinking water can be found outside the fort.

For more information, visit www.nps.gov/fopo or call (415) 556-1696.