The English corsair, Sir Francis Drake, and his raiders return to St. Augustine for an authentic re-creation of the 1586 sack of the city. Join Drake and his raiders on Friday and Saturday for the 16th century-style military encampment at the Fountain of Youth Park. There will be drills, demonstrations and living history interpretations from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (only the encampment area is free to the public; regular admission applies to the rest of the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park). The reenactment of the sacking and burning of the town will commence on Saturday evening at 7 p.m. in the old city, beginning at the City Gate and ending in the Plaza. The military display is intended to symbolically commemorate the temporary abandonment of St. Augustine by Spanish Colonial forces. After the town was looted and burned by Drake’s men, the Spanish returned to rebuild upon the same streets walked on today.
Interested in learning more about historical privateers and their antics, voyages and treasure finds? Right around the corner from the Agustin is one of St. Augustine’s most popular and newer attractions – The St. Augustine Pirate and Treasure Museum!
After a successful 5-year run in Key West, owner Pat Croce moved the Pirate & Treasure Museum here to St. Augustine, Florida. Pirates such as Sir Francis Drake and Robert Searles who frequented the nation’s oldest city and the Spanish fort, the Castillo de San Marcos, played a major role in the history of pirates and Colonial America.
The St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum offers an exciting and educational museum experience that transports you and your family back in time over 300 years to Port Royal, Jamaica, at the height of the Golden Age of Piracy! Their hours are 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m each day and they are located directly across the street from the Castillo de San Marcos – St. Augustine’s Fort.