Living history seeks to educate visitors by interpreting how people lived in the past through demonstrations and interaction.
Our colonial programming depicts life in the early 19th century when Pensacola was a colony under Spanish rule. Activities include open hearth cooking, butter churning, gardening, candle making, laundry and more.
Our Victorian programming depicts life in the late 19th century in the boom years of Pensacola’s industries. Focusing on the leisure activities of the middle and upper classes, programs include lawn games, picnics, bicycling, garden parties, and tea.
Living history programs change seasonally to always offer visitors a new experience! Want to become a part of our living history program, Volunteer Today!
Summer Season 2017 Living History Schedule:
*All programs are subject to change depending on weather
Interpreters demonstrate activities that were part of the average working-class family’s daily life. Activities include gardening, cleaning, mending, needlecrafts, musket-cleaning, and fire-starting.
Tuesday: Laundry and Soap
Interpreters demonstrate how laundry was done in the early 19th century and discuss how soap was made. Visitors are welcome to wash the laundry too!
Wednesday: Yellow Fever
What do mosquitoes, jaundice, and bloodletting have in common? Come to Historic Pensacola and learn about yellow fever and its effects on the city of Pensacola in the 19th century.
Thursday: Gardening and Broom Making
Gardening: Interpreters tend herb and vegetable gardens, representative of what was grown in early 19th century Pensacola. Plants change seasonally. Visitors are always welcome to help us water the garden!
Broom Making: Interpreters demonstrate early 19th century methods of creating brooms from “broom corn” sorghum.
Wooden roosters, ribbons, and muskets? Learn about a unique early 19th century Pensacola tradition, the Patgo! This festive activity, with its European roots, provided entertainment for all! Learn more on Fridays at Historic Pensacola.
Saturday: Open Hearth Cooking
Interpreters will share what working-class colonists would have eaten, how they acquired their foods, and how they prepared their foods. Visitors see cooking demonstrations featuring authentic foods and cooking methods.
Sponsored by Visit Pensacola and UWF Historic Trust, the Jacksonian Guard is a Pensacola re-enactment group of Jacksonian era and Spanish soldiers, fifers, and drummers who perform a Colors Ceremony every third Saturday at noon in Plaza Ferdinand. The ceremony commemorates Pensacola's 195th Birthday and Florida as a U.S. Territory, reenacting the transfer of Spanish Florida to a U.S. Territory.
For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/jacksonianguardpensacola/.