The fort has daily tours with period reenactors that do an excellent job of describing life in the fort during the Civil War.
We were met at the gates by an officer who began to harass us about our disorderly line. He marched up and down the line telling us it was time to 'get tough' and that we were in the army now. It was fun to see the children's eyes grow large.
Each area of the fort had docents in period costume who explained what we were seeing and made us feel like we had truly taken a step back in time. I was given a hard time for having short hair, not wearing a hat and letting my legs show!
In one area of the fort we heard the delightful music of a flute playing on the breeze. We finally discovered the musician in one of the underground passageways.
The fort has several reenactments during the year, as well as candlelight tours. I found the tour by candlelight be be particularly illuminating (I couldn't resist that!) as far as giving visitors a feeling for what it was like in the day.
The fort fell into disuse when rifled armaments came about, as the walls would provide no shelter from ammunition that had that much power and weight.
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