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Dade Battlefield State Park, Bushnell

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Battlefield State Park
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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  • 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 »
  • This is a very simple place and I loved it. The little museum is full of information and I learned so much about the Seminoles and Florida history. There is a weird feeling when you walk around the gr...  more »
  • I had no clue that this State Park existed. I came across it when looking online for WWII information. My nephew and I attended for the WWII reenactment. We also took the time to explore the State Par...  more »