Dade Battlefield State Park, Bushnell

#5 of 8 in Historic Sites in Central Florida
Dade Battlefield Historic State Park is a state park located on County Road 603 between Interstate 75 (Exit 314) and U.S. Route 301 in Sumter County, Florida. The 80acre park includes 40acre of pine flatwoods and a live oak hammock. Also called the Dade Massacre site, It preserves the Second Seminole War battlefield where Seminole Indian warriors fought soldiers under the command of Major Francis L. Dade on December 28, 1835. Each year, on the weekend after Christmas (as close to the original date as possible), the Dade Battlefield Society sponsors a reenactment of the battle that started the Second Seminole War.Under the title of Dade Battlefield Historic Memorial, it is also a U.S. National Historic Landmark (designated as such on April 14, 1972).
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  • We went with our friends and explored the visitors center. There was a ranger there who was very informative. Afterwards we went for a walk around the grounds then stopped and had a lovely picnic. All...  more »
  • I have attended several of the program that have been put on at Dade Battlefield: the re-enactment of the Dade Massacre; cooking with a Dutch Oven; harvesting and preparing wild forage; New Year's Day...  more »
  • THE START OF THE SECOND SEMINOLE WAR began here in December 1835 when Major Francis L. Dade, US Army and 108 troops were marching from Fort Brooke (Tampa) to Fort King (Ocala). They were attacked by 1...  more »

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