At the April meeting we heard from local Park Ranger and historian Frank Ofeldt who gave us a glimpse into Fort Clinch’s past and shared with us some of the international aspects of its history. Frank is a well-known expert on the details of Fort Clinch and you can find him most days inside the compound portraying a Union Sgt. in full uniform, delighting visitors with stories and military life factoids. He is an entertaining speaker who obviously enjoys his work and we were fortunate to have him as our keynote presenter.
One of the major historic landmarks on Amelia Island, Fort Clinch is located at the northernmost end of the island, within the boundaries of Fort Clinch Sate Park. The fort itself is a 19th-century masonry coastal fortification overlooking the Cumberland Sound, built as part of the Third System of seacoast defense conceived by the United States. But even before this present structure was built, the fort location was involved in international trade, intrigue, pirates and rumrunners. Next time you visit the fort be sure to look for Frank inside the compound and learn even more fun facts and tales of adventure.