Celebrate Florida Archaeology Thoughout Our State!

Two images, Top: Natural Bridge monument, 1958; Bottom: Conservators carefully remove debris from eagle

Natural Bridge Eagle

In 1921, the Florida Legislature authorized the construction of a monument to honor those who fought and died during the March 6, 1865, Battle of Natural Bridge. Over the 90 years, the eagle mounted atop the monument has seen significant damage from both vandalism and exposure to the elements. The conservators with the Division of Historical Resources, in cooperation with the Florida Park Service and the Alliance for Integrated Spatial Technology at UFSF, plan on restoring the majestic bird for indoor exhibit and hope to create a more 'element-friendly' replica using 3D digital scans of the original to return to its perch atop the monument.

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