The one and only Collier County Museums Old Florida Festival returns for a limited engagement,Saturday, March 7 and Sunday, March 8 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Collier County Museum. The Friends of the Collier County Museum invites guests to step back in time and visit Florida through the ages. The annual family-style event, now in its 26th year, brings together more than 80 of the state’s finest historical reenactors, craft workers and living history performers to recreate ten centuries of daily life on the Southwest Florida frontier.
This year’s festival features mounted Spanish Conquistadors and Calusa Indians, pioneers, pirates, Cracker Cowmen, soldier’s camps from the Civil War and World War II, cannon and musket drills, a live Seminole War skirmish and much more. Visitors can watch continuous demonstrations by a blacksmith, soap maker, telegraph operator, cane syrup grinder, flintnapper and pine needle basket maker. Artists and traders will also offer unique handmade gifts, toys and craft items, along with kettle corn and old-fashioned candy.
New additions this year include more activities for children, treasure hunts, craft making and the gem mining in “Captain Bloods lost treasure mine,” where the treasure of a thousand Spanish Galleons are said to be hidden!
Admission prices are $10 for adults, $8 for members and seniors, $5 for children (10-18 years old) and free for children under 10. Free public parking is available. VIP parking is also available at the Collier County Museum, located on 3331 Tamiami Trail East in Naples, Fla. For more information, call (239) 252-8476 or visit the event webpage at http://www.colliermuseums.com/oldfloridafestival. Proceeds benefit the Friends of the Museum’s school field trip and educational programs.
About Collier County Museums: More than 10,000 years of Southwest Florida History is on display at Collier County Museums’ five locations – the main museum location in Naples, four additional museum facilities in Everglades City and Immokalee, the historic Naples Depot, a former train station and local favorite in the heart of downtown Naples, and the newly opened Marco Island Historical Museum. Admission to all the museums is free and the sites are handicapped accessible. For more information, visit www.colliermuseums.com or call (239) 252-8476