We spent some time exploring Fort Pickens and some of the batteries that are located within the National Seashore.
Fort Pickens was the largest of four forts built in the 1800’s by the United States Government to protect Pensacola Bay and the Naval Yard. Although it never had to be used against foreign enemies, it was used by the Union Army during the Civil War to protect against the Confederates. Ranger led tours are available but we chose to go on a self-guided tour of the huge fort.
Much of the fort is built using arches.
Civil War era cannons and a mortar are also on display at the fort.
With clear views of Pensacola Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, Fort Pickens was in a great location to protect the area.
There are several batteries located throughout the area. Some were built in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s.
We explored Battery Worth where huge gun pits held twelve inch mortars that could launch 700 pound projectiles 7 to 9 miles away. After World War I all but four of the mortars were scrapped. In 1942 the battery became part of the Army-Navy Harbor Defense Command Post for the Pensacola area during World War II.
There were big guns lining the shoreline ready to protect against enemy ships.
Next up: aircraft and a lighthouse.