Civil War Days in Key West is set for February 25th-27th this year. Fort Zachary Taylor was the guardian of the shipping lanes to ports on the Gulf of Mexico, which had been placed under a blockade by President Lincoln in 1861. Blockade runners captured by Union navy vessels were forced to anchor in front of the fort as captured “war prizes.”
The festival’s main event is to involve a re-created engagement between land forces and blockade runners attempting to escape. Plans call for re-enactors portraying Union and Confederate troops to board historic Key West schooners to do battle in Key West Harbor just offshore. During the fray, a blockade runner is to be captured, followed by the trial of the vessel’s captain based on an actual 1862 court case. For participation information please call 305-292-6850.
The 46th Old Island Days Art Festival will be held February 26th & 27th. This highly acclaimed, juried, fine art event takes place from 10 to 5 both days in Key West’s historic Old Town district. This year artists will feature oil paintings, watercolors, sculpture, photography and other offerings by artists from around the United States.
Booths will line Whitehead Street, meander onto Caroline Street and lead through the historic Presidential Gates into the beautiful, tree lined community know as Truman Annex. Admission to the two-day show is free. We have been going to the show for years and inevitably we buy several wonderful new pieces for both ourselves and the hotels! Come join us and take home some Key West flair for yourselves.