Live cannon fired at Fort King National Historic Landmark last week


Reenactor Keith Kohl, right, fires a .69 caliber French Charleville Flintlock rifle as reenactor Bill Pangrass, left, prepares to fire a .50 caliber Hawkens rifle during the First Heritage Skills Day at the Fort King National Historic Landmark in Ocala, Fla. on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020. During the event, Fort King Artillery volunteers conducted live firing of a replica of an 1841 Mountain Howitzer cannon several times during the day. There were also reenactors that gave live firing demonstrations of an historic .69 caliber French Charleville Flintlock rifle and a .50 caliber Hawkens rifle. In addition, live demonstrations were given throughout the day. [Bruce Ackerman/Ocala Gazette] 2020.

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Posted December 18, 2020 | Photography by Bruce Ackerman

The City of Ocala Recreation and Parks Department and the Fort King Heritage Association hosted the first heritage skills day on Dec. 12 at the Fort King National Historic Landmark. During the event, artillery volunteers conducted a live cannon firing.  Reenactors also gave live firing demonstrations of historic .69 caliber French Charleville Flintlock and a .50 caliber Hawkens rifles. The Fort King National Historic Landmark is located at 3925 E Fort King St., Ocala, FL 34470.