St. Simons Island, GA: On the evening of Saturday, November 23, 2019 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm, watch as staff members from Fort Frederica National Monument light the night with the annual burning of the lime rick and candlelight tour of the town site. The program will begin near the park’s visitor center. Fort Frederica National Monument is located at 6515 Frederica Road on Saint Simons Island. The lighting of the lime rick is dependent on weather conditions.
Fort Frederica was founded in 1736 by General James Oglethorpe. Many of the permanent structures were built from a man-made substance called tabby. Termed the colonial cement, tabby is mixture of sand, water, oyster shells and lime. The first step in the tabby-making process is to burn the oyster shells at very high degree of heat in a lime rick; a wooden structure that resembles an unfinished log-cabin. The shells turn into ash (lime), which is then mixed with the rest of the ingredients. Making tabby is a labor intensive process. It took a community to build the town.
Visitors will have the opportunity to interact with some of the residents of Frederica town during a candlelight tour after the burning of the lime rick. At the end of the program, there will be a black powder weapon firing demonstration.
For more information, please contact Michael Seibert at (912) 638-3639 ex. 104