Dade Battlefield State Park, Bushnell

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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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  • Seeing an ad for this in the newspaper, I was curious enough to come watch the re-enactment. Driving through swampy area to get to the park is part of the experience realizing the soldiers were hiking...  more »
  • In area for weekend--stopped by and they were have a festival--found some info on trapping, cider making, gem mining, and good country music. Also found out that the Seminoles won the battle of Dade "...  more »
  • 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 »

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