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Dates: December 5 - 7, 2014                  Location: Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park, Key West, Florida


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Pirates Swordfighting

Fort Taylor Pyrate Invasion Attendee Photo 2013
Photo: Papa Ratsey


Harry as a Redcoat
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Experience three days of piracy as Fort Taylor transforms into a British stronghold defending her shores against an invasion of pirates. Step back in time to encounter piracy from 1675 through 1825 with pirate encampments, living history demonstrations, live battles, activities for the kids, and more.   Enjoy a weekend teeming with live music by wandering musicians, the Brigands and entertainers from all across the United States.  Shop for artisan crafts along merchants' row, hear and feel the roar of the great guns and mingle with the captains and crews on the grounds of this Iron Jon with a Map
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wonderful historic civil war fortress.

Fort Taylor was constructed in 1845 and served as a Union fortress during the American Civil War. But now, we are taking the "literary license" to transform the fortress into an English stronghold in South Florida. While a fortress did not exist here during the Golden Age of Piracy, our goal is to provide our visitors with a flavor of what it might have been like had there been a fortress here and had pirates been shipwrecked on Cayo Hueso. Fort Taylor is located at the end of Southard St. reached by going through the Truman Annex.

The Details

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The 2014 Fort Taylor Pyrate Invasion will take place on December 5th - 7th..

Event Hours are 10:00 am - 5:00 pm daily.

The Event is free with State Park Admission. Donations to "The Friends of Fort Taylor" are greatly appreciated.

For more info, please email Fayma Callahan at faymacallahan@aol.com, Scarlett Jai at jaisomers@yahoo.com or Lily Alexander at lily.alexander@rochester.rr.com.

For Lily and Edward
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more information and a map of the location, please check out our Event Info page.

To learn more about what's currently going on, see more photos of past events and to join in the event discussions, visit us on our Facebook page or see the Fort Taylor Pirate Invasion forum at the Pyracy Pub.

This event is brought to you by the Friends of Fort Taylor. All proceeds from the Fort Taylor Pyrate Invasion go to the preservation and maintenance of Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park.

Donations to support the Friends of Fort Taylor and the Fort Taylor Pyrate Invasion can be sent to:

Friends of Fort Taylor
PO Box 58
Key West, FL  33041

They can also be made through our Fort Taylor Pirate Invasion crowdrise online fundraiser.

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