The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Park Service is proud to present the annual reenactment of Dade’s Battle in 1835. On Jan. 4 and 5, experience history at the 34th reenactment of the fight at Dade Battlefield Historic State Park in Bushnell.
Commemorating the 178th anniversary of the battle that started the Second Seminole War, step back in time with period soldier costumes, Seminole and Civilian camps, a sutler trade fair, historic arts and crafts demonstrations, full-scale cannon firing, musket shooting, tomahawk throwing and primitive archery.
On Dec. 28, 1835, Indian warriors ambushed 108 U.S. soldiers at this site, and only three soldiers survived. The 80-acre park protects not only a historic battlefield, but also the natural communities as they existed during the war.
“Sharing Florida’s history is one of many ways people learn about the state’s many cultures,” said Donald Forgione, Director of the Florida Park Service. “Living historians tell the story in such a way that history comes alive for this and future generations.”
This event will take place:
Saturday, Jan. 4 and Sunday, Jan. 5
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Dade Battlefield Historic State Park
7200 County Road 603
Note: There is an entrance fee of $5 per person, children under 6 are free. Parking is $3 per vehicle.