Fort Barrancas

Fort Barrancas

If you are looking for a historic experience while in the Pensacola area consider a group stop at Fort Barrancas, otherwise known as Fort San Carlos de Barrancas.

This United States Military Fort and National Historic Landmark provided defense for the Pensacola Navy Yard in its time, technically first opened in 1787. The fort was built over the ruins of previous Spanish, French, and British forts, and the structure you see today wasn't completed until 1844.

Fort Barrancas 'stands as a monument to the legacy of America's early homeland defense', the structure built with 6 million bricks total. It has 4 foot thick, 20 foot high walls, brick archways, and vaulted ceilings. It is laid out in the shape of a kite or diamond. While the fort still remains an example of military engineering and a 'marvel of human ingenuity', the only action this post actual saw was during the Civil War. There was a small attack in 1861, General Braxton Bragg leading the Confederate Army. The fort was soon after abandon in 1862.

During your visit, your group can stop at the Visitor Center and Bookstore, walk through the historic fort and take ranger-guided tours such as the Historic Advanced Redoubt.


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