Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park, Olustee

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Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park is a Florida State Park in the Osceola National Forest, near the town of Olustee. The site of Florida's largest Civil War battle, the park is located 50mi west of Jacksonville and 15mi east of Lake City, on U.S. 90. It also has the distinction of being the first park in the Florida State Park system.The State of Florida actually owns only 3.09acre of the Park, but manages another 688acre of the original battlefield under a Special Use Permit from the United States Forest Service.Under the title of Olustee Battlefield, it was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places on 12 August 1970.HistoryThe Battle of Olustee was fought on the afternoon of 20 February 1864. It is recreated annually during that month by Civil War reenactors.In 1897, the Florida Division of the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC) began raising funds to place a monument at the battle site. Two years later, the Florida Legislature appropriated $2,500.00 and established a commission to oversee construction of the monument. The project was completed in 1912, and the monument was officially dedicated on 23 October 1912. The UDC administered the Olustee Battlefield Memorial until 1949, when the Florida Board of Parks and Historic Memorials assumed responsibility. Today the Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park is administered by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Recreation and Parks.
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  • If you like history great place to stop and learn. Nice grounds to roam and have a picnic too! Small history place (sign says New coming 2018) but if your a history buff (or not) pretty cool to learn ...  more »
  • I give it a 5 because it needs to be honored. I was here to pay respects for Veteran's Day. I see they are building a new visitor center. I can only hope the new center doesn't erase the truth to appe...  more »
  • This is a little gem. Very beautiful. I felt very humbled after hiking the grounds and reading the history of this battlefield. Very nice little quaint visitor center. Really enjoyed it. Beautiful mon...  more »
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  • Getting to it is not easy to find without GPS but once you're there it's well worth it. The Park is well marked and very well maintained. Go in February for the reenactment. It's a super fun day for the whole family. Bring cash though because they don't take credit cards.
  • Fantastic time for the whole family! The reenactment was incredibly immersive. You can tell it is a well - loved by the community and employees alike.
  • Very historic and interesting. A very beautiful and peaceful place to relax and learn about our history. Nice nature/battlefield trails too!
  • As a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans and the Sons of Confederate Veterans Mechanized Cavalry I enjoy going there it's so peaceful there. God Bless Dixie
  • My family and I stopped by and I was able to explain the 54th regiment to them. My kids really enjoyed the stop and I could appreciate theae moments of history.
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