Volunteers and staff from Florida Caverns State Park meet to discuss the coming event.

UPDATE: The Battle of Marianna reenactment is STILL ON for this Saturday! The hurricane appears to be tracking west and we are a go!

The annual reenactment commemorating the Battle of Marianna will take place this Saturday (10/7) at 10 a.m. at Florida Caverns State Park. Park admission is $5 per vehicle.

The event is part of the park’s annual Caverns Cultural Celebration, a multi-faceted heritage and ecological festival that takes place each year on the first weekend in October.

This year’s reenactment will be a live portrayal of the opening of the battle which took place in the woods and swamps along Hopkins’ Branch, a stream three miles northwest of Marianna. An overwhelming force of Union soldiers attacked a much smaller command of Confederates there in the first heavy fighting of the Battle of Marianna.

Reenactors are encouraged to turn out and support this growing event. Registration and safety inspections for participants will be from 8 a.m. – 9 a.m. (Central time) on Saturday. The battle will take place at 10 a.m.

The public is invited to come out and enjoy this great day at Florida Caverns State Park. Other activities planned for the day include live gunfights with the North Florida Wild West Show, living history demonstrations and exhibits from numerous eras of Florida’s past, food, live entertainment, vendors and more!

For more information on the Battle of Marianna, please visit www.battleofmarianna.us. Also check out Dale Cox’s book, The Battle of Marianna, Florida: Expanded Edition, and enjoy this free mini-documentary from Two Egg TV: