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Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell

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Florida National Cemetery is a United States National Cemetery located near the city of Bushnell in Sumter County, Florida. Administered by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, it encompasses, and began interments in 1988.HistoryFlorida National Cemetery is located in the Withlacoochee State Forest, approximately 50mi north of Tampa. The forest was acquired by the federal government from private landowners between 1936 and 1939 under the provisions of the U.S. Land Resettlement Administration. The United States Forest Service managed the property until a lease-purchase agreement transferred it to the Florida Board of Forestry in 1958. Currently, Withlacoochee State Forest is the second-largest state forest in Florida, divided into eight distinct tracts of land.In 1842, Congress encouraged settlement here by establishing the Armed Occupation Act. The law granted a patent for 160acre to any man who kept a gun and ammunition, built a house, cultivated 5acre of the land and remained there for at least five years. Settlers moved in to take advantage of the generous offer. The area contained abundant timber and suitable farmland, appealing attributes to frontiersmen. In 1845 Florida was granted statehood.During the Civil War, a sugar mill on the Homosassa River supplied sugar to the Confederacy. A robust citrus-growing industry developed in the eastern part of the area and became a focus of intense economic expansion soon after the war.
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  • My wife and I just came home from a service at the Florida National Cemetery for one of our neighbors. It was very emotional with the flag ceremony and the biker color guard. I would highly recommend ...  more »
  • Stopped by to visit a family grave. It's about 50 miles north of Tampa. Estabilished in 1988 with space for up to 100,000 interments. 512 acres. Upon entering, stop at the computer kiosks to get locat...  more »
  • My Dad is buried here. I don't often visit but when I do, the grounds are in immaculate condition. During national holidays, they have flags lining the main road into the cemetery. That always chokes ...  more »
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  • Peaceful. The cemetery does a great service for our veterans and their families. Helpful welcome center with maps. Kiosk available 7 days a week to help locate your loved one's burial site.
  • My wife and I visited the cemetery on 9/17. We just like the place, very well done.
  • It was just beautiful the way they handled my stepfather I was just taken away by it all
  • This is a beautiful place, everyone was very very helpful when my friend and I had to bury Our friends. I know when we place flowers on the grave they don't stay there very long due to the deer coming to eat them,however this makes us very happy knowing that our friends would be so so happy to know that the deer came to visit them and they had something to give them to eat :)
  • Been there for two funerals and I have nothing but respect for the professionalism of the staff. Grounds are immaculate and it is a beautiful final resting place.