To get to Fort Matanzas (aka Fort Slaughter), you have to take a short boat ride. I took this from the boat as we approached. We saw several dolphins in the river, by the way.
I thought the corner bastion was quite decorative and interesting.
A view of the river from the gun deck. The fort protected the river that lead to St. Augustine and allowed the residents there to be re-supplied, even when the ocean port was baracaded.
Here we are! It was chilly, only in the low 60s.
A view of the bastion from the gun deck.
Inside the fort. It’s not a very big room. They think only about 10 men would have been posted here.
Bob is climbing the ladder from the bedroom to the roof. It’s the same ladder that’s in the picture above him.
A view of the top of the bastion from the roof.
Here I am in the doorway of the bastion.
I like these trees in the parking lot.
They look like eyes, or maybe peacock feathers.
This is the Castillo de San Marcos, a much larger fort that protected St. Augustine. Here hundreds of men could have been stationed. It was built in the 1500s by the Spanish to protect Florida which was its colony. Florida wasn’t made a part of the US until the 1820s.
There were many re-creation actors at the Fort.
Below are some pictures from the top of the walls.
I was amazed at how intricate and decorated the cannons were. All of them are elaborately engraved.
A view of the fort from the top of the walls.
It has corner bastions like Fort Matanzas. Here’s Bob in one of them.