October 2015 – Historic preservation efforts at Dry Tortugas National Park are getting a big boost with a generous grant from the HTR Foundation, an organization dedicated to preserving the legacy and lessons of the American Civil War.
The park has embarked on a multi-year project to stabilize, rehabilitate and preserve a collection of Civil War era structures inside Fort Jefferson with the support of the foundation, including the fort’s powder magazines, the officers and enlisted men’s quarters, and a bakery that helped feed Union troops.
Construction of the fort began in 1846 and continued through the Civil War. The park today protects one of the most significant collections of Civil War era strucures and armaments in Florida.
The HTR Foundation was established by Arthur Copeland Hill, a self-made businessman and owner of Hill Truck Rentals. Read more about Mr. Hill, his legacy and HTR Foundation here.