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Fort Clinch State Park’s Citizen Support Organization

We need to raise $1,000 by 11pm on Saturday, February 2nd to match two flash challenges.

A BGES Supporter has offered to match Dollar for Dollar every Donation Made to the Fort Clinch Cannon Project by 11 PM Eastern Time on Saturday Feb 2nd up to $500. A second donor has guaranteed the next $500 beyond that. Together both will fund the project at 100%. ACT NOW–money is on the table!

Join the campaign to help preserve Fort Clinch history. Donate directly using a secure PayPal server. Click this button to make a donation.

If you want to make a donation by phone, call us at (434) 250-9921, or use our contact us page.

Parrott and ordnance rifle

Parrott and ordnance rifle

We’re proud to announce our latest educational partnership challenge – helping fund a cannon for Florida’s Fort Clinch!

Fort Clinch State Park’s Citizen Support Organization (CSO) recently asked BGES for support in acquiring a reproduction ordinance rifle to expand their living history demonstrations beyond the bounds of the fort.

We’ve pledged to match CSO’s $9,000 share.

BGES has established a record as a reliable and generous partner. But we’re particular about the projects we support. We look for opportunities to educate the greatest numbers of people. We want the biggest bang for our buck!

We agreed to this partnership because of its potential significant impact.

  • Fort Clinch has a vibrant living history program, but restrictions keeping state-owned artillery within the Fort force CSO to turn down many requests to display artillery throughout the region.
  • Artillery demonstrations, whether in reenactments or living history programs, typically draw the largest crowds. As an example, the 12-pounder Napoleon we helped the Pamplin Historical Park purchase has made a huge impact in its Adventure Camp.
  • CSO negotiated quite a deal with the seller – the rifle will be just over half the typical cost of a new artillery piece.

For these reasons, the BGES Board of Directors decided that partnering with CSO to purchase this attractively-priced rifle is the kind of meaningful project that’s exactly right for us. It will give CSO an effective means of explaining to audiences the role of artillery – the queen of the battlefield – in 19thcentury warfare in many venues throughout the area.

As is typical of BGES, our members have already responded generously, donating more than $3,000 in the first few days.

Join the campaign to help preserve Fort Clinch history. Donate directly using a secure PayPal server. Click this button to make a donation.

If you want to make a donation by phone, call us at (434) 250-9921, or use our contact us page.

Fort Clinch, located on Amelia Island in northeast Florida, was constructed in 1847 as part of the nation’s seacoast defensive system, known as “third system” forts – built in response to lessons learned during the War of 1812.