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Dade Battlefield State Park, Bushnell

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4.3/5 based on 65+ reviews on the web
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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  • While the park isn't big, only 80 acres, it is a gem. The volunteers are super friendly and know their stuff. We came to the Intertribal Powwow, and visited the museum. There is an informative short f...  read more »
  • For the significance of this site, a battle in 1835 where the Seminoles overwhelmed 103 US soldiers and initiated a long war for their homeland that resulted in the ethnic cleansing of Florida, the mu...  read more »
  • Very peaceful park with a lot of history that, as a Florida native, I was unaware of. Great park to take a nice, shady walk. 
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