January 10, 1815- Under the command of Admiral Sir George Cockburn as many as 1,500 British forces took control of Cumberland Island during the war of 1812. Their efforts meant to distract American troops from rallying in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Archeologists have recovered thousands of artifacts from the conflict which includes canons, muskets, and uniform buttons.
The National Park Service will be hosting free presentations, one guided walking tour at Cumberland Island National Seashore and three at the Mainland Visitor Center.
The guided walking tour, Thursday, March 15, will begin on Cumberland Island at 12:45 p.m. The tour starts at the Icehouse Museum and the walk, with Park Ranger Nick Roll and National Park Service Curator John Mitchell, will take visitors on the south end of the Island to the Dungeness Ruins.
Reservations not required for the tour, but all ferry fees and park entry fees do apply for the trip to the island.
If a trip to the National Seashore can’t be made, the NPS will also be hosting events on Saturday afternoons, March 10, 17, 24 at 2:30 p.m. Roll and Mitchell will also host these presentations at the Mainland Visitor Center in downtown St Marys. These events are kid and family friendly.
The Mainland Visitor Center is located at 113 West St Marys St., St Marys, GA.
Additional information can be found at Cumberland Island National Seashore’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/CumberlandIslandNPS