Colonial Night Watch for Participants

The event, “St Augustine Colonial Night Watch”, is held the first weekend in December. Check our calendar for specific dates. Night Watch activities are scheduled in various locations in the City of St. Augustine. Limited period camping will be available on a first come first serve basis in the Colonial Quarter, Arrivas Yard and in the Riberia Yard (Dutch Colony) on St. George Street. Set-up will start on Thursday evening after 5 pm and on Friday at 8 am. The Enemy at the Gates program will occur Friday at 6:00 pm. Saturday events will center on the Castillo de San Marcos and continue through the completion of the torchlight parade that evening. We require that you help us maintain authenticity throughout the event.

Here you will find your registration forms for the event. If you are planning to participate, please fill out the forms completely and return it to The Saint Augustine Garrison promptly. Forms must be received by November 15th in order to guarantee participation. Upon arrival at the Colonial Quarter, please check-in at registration at the Colonial Quarter before setting up camp. If you are planning to participate with a firelock, you will also be required to fill out a National Park Service Form.

Contact Information:

Saint Augustine Spanish Garrison
P.O. Box 722
Saint Augustine, FL 32085
Email: nightwatch

Participation Guidelines

The encampment will be centered on the recreation of the years 1739 thru 1785 when Spanish forces and their allies as well as British forces and their allies would have been present in St. Augustine. We request that you change to 18th century dress as soon as your camp is set up, and remain in proper dress when in camp/area. We also request that your camp remain in 18th century at all times on Saturday, even if there are no spectators present.

FEES: There will be no fee for camping this year. There is a $20.00 per person fee for the Jollification to help us cover costs and to be paid at Registration. Menu will be posted on the website as soon as it is available. Registration for the event is free but registration is required for insurance coverage. Registration will be at Colonial Quarter 9:00AM -1:00 PM Saturday.

Attire: Should be military or militia (1739-1785), Eastern Frontier civilian, or Eastern Indian. English, Spanish, French and Indian groups are all invited to participate. Children should be age appropriately attired for this time period as well. The following attire is not permissible in camp/area: modern calico, modern shoes (unless medically necessary), sunglasses, modern jewelry or cigarettes.

Camp Gear: Overnight camping will be available at the Colonial Quarter, Arrivas and Riberia Yards. We ask that only tents be setup first to ensure that we can fit as many as want to camp in. We will entertain the idea of putting up flys after we are sure that all those who had registered as campers have been accommodated. No modern tents please. Military unit private soldiers should have wedge tents and officers, a wall or marquee tent. All non-18th century items should be kept out of sight at all times. This includes, but is not limited to, sleeping bags, coolers, modern food containers and cooking items. All food and drinks should be stored in period correct containers when in sight of the public. If you need supplies from outside the camping areas, such as food, drinks, etc., please bring a period correct tote/basket/wagon to bring them into camp. Alcohol is not permitted in the Colonial Quarter, Arrivas Yard or Riberia Yard. Only living historians in period attire are permitted in the Arrivas Yard and Riberia Yard camping area. No general public is allowed after hours in the Colonial Quarter.

Cooking & Eating Utensils: All cooking and eating utensils must be 18th century style. No speckle-ware or aluminum is allowed.

Vehicles: Vehicle access to Colonial Quarter via Trolley Stop (check with Registration) but access to the Arrivas Yard and Riberia Yard is not available. Unloading for both locations can occur in the area behind the Spanish Bakery on Spanish Street. Information for unloading for the Colonial Quarter will be available at the Registration Desk.

Site Supplies: Restroom facilities are available across from the Colonial Quarter, next to the Spanish Bakery, and behind the Taberna. Fires are allowed on both sites, but they must be self-contained. No firepits are allowed.

Sutlers: We’re sorry but we don’t have anywhere to put sutlers. Some on Facebook have commented that they never did much business at the Nightwatch anyway. We cannot have sutlers in the camping area since they would compete with St. Augustine Textiles which also rents from the University of Florida and the Spanish Quarter Gift Stores. If you need anything, St. Augustine Textiles is the place to go!

Parade Rules: The following rules exist for the parade.
• Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
• Wheeled vehicles (carts, buggies, etc.) will be allowed in the parade. All wheeled vehicles must be period correct.
• The Garrison reserves the right to exclude your participation in the living history portion of the parade if you are not properly attired. In this case, you would be more than welcome to walk with the public.

Daily Agenda: Set-up will be Friday, starting at 8:00 am. The Colonial Quarter gate located on A1A may be open for vehicle unloading, however; only 1 vehicle may enter at a time. This is subject to change due to availability. Staging will occur in the trolley-unloading lane. Registration Desk in the Colonial will have up to date information for the Colonial Quarter camping. The Enemy at the Gates will occur Friday, December 2nd at 6:00 pm and end at 9:00 pm. Programs for the public begin at 10:00 am on Saturday, and end at 5 pm. The torchlight parade occurs Saturday evening at 7:00 pm. Anyone arriving to set-up camp/area on Saturday is asked to please arrive early enough to have your camp/area set-up by 9:30 am.

Jollification: A jollification will occur after the parade in the 18th century area of the Colonial Quarter. Drinks and appetizers will be provided. There is a $20.00 per person fee for Jollification participation paid at Registration on Saturday (You must be 21 years or older to participate in beverages). This will help us to determine the amount for food and drink. Jollification payment must be made with Saturday morning registration. Menu will be posted on site as soon as it is confirmed.

Reminders: Remember to remove the “little” items. Nail polish, make-up, watches, rings, gold chains and modern eyeglasses should be removed to make your appearance more authentic to the period being portrayed. You may take pictures! However, please remember to carry your camera in your period correct tote bag when not in use.

Print your Schedule HERE

Safety Regulations

NPS will conduct weapons check on Fort grounds on the South Lawn Starting at 8:30 am Saturday. You cannot carry your own gun powder on NPS property. Just prior to demonstrations, Park Service staff will provide rolled cartridges for your use. You will also receive cartridges for use at the 7 pm Volley of Joy. You may use your own cartridges for Colonial Quarter demonstration. If you are part of any activities on NPS property, you must fill out a National Park Service Form.

Safety Officer: The safety officer’s duties include:

• Ensuring that all weapons are safe to fire (including flash guards and frizzen covers on all guns which allow them)
• That all powder is contained and utilized properly
• That all powder and weapons are stored properly when not in use. No weapon will remain loaded when not in use.

The following safety rules will apply at all times:

• The safety officer will ensure that all rules and regulations are being followed without exception.
• Live rounds (with ball) are NOT permitted!
• No live round, cartridges, balls, or any other device may be placed in the barrel or discharged from any barrel or device. Only the appropriate powder charge may be placed in a barrel for discharge.
• All firing must be clearly elevated above personnel.
• No charged weapon will be given to a member of the public.
• All edged weapons must remain sheathed and will not be unsheathed for nay reason with the exception of use in a scenario, i.e. officers using their swords to give orders or to direct fire or showing the public how a bayonet fits on a barrel.
• Cannon crews shall have, at a minimum, three people, one of which must be certified in artillery practice.
• There will be no hand-to-hand combat unless pre-specified at Officers Call as part of a scenario.
• No one shall fire a weapon or use an edged weapon after drinking alcohol.
• No charged weapon or device, as well as powder, shall be unattended.
• Guns, knives, bayonets, and swords must not be unattended. When not in use, these items should be stored securely.

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