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Dade Battlefield Historic Memorial
U.S. National Historic Landmark
Park entrance
Dade Battlefield Historic State Park is located in Florida
Location: Sumter County, Florida, USA
Nearest city: Bushnell, Florida
Coordinates: 28°39′08″N 82°07′36″W / 28.65222°N 82.12667°W / 28.65222; -82.12667Coordinates: 28°39′08″N 82°07′36″W / 28.65222°N 82.12667°W / 28.65222; -82.12667
Area: 80 acres (320,000 m2)
Governing body: Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Added to NRHP: April 14, 1972
Designated NHL: November 7, 1973[1]

Dade Battlefield Historic State Park is a Florida State Park located on County Road 603 between I-75 (Exit 314) and U.S. 301. The 80-acre (320,000 m2) park includes 40 acres (160,000 m2) 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).[1],[2]

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Recreational activities

Activities include picnicking, viewing exhibits at the visitor center, and wildlife viewing. Among the wildlife of the park are gopher tortoises, woodpeckers, songbirds, hawks, and indigo snakes.

Amenities include a playground, a picnic area with covered shelters, a nature trail, a 6.2-mile (10.0 km) trail, and a recreation hall.

Hours

Florida state parks are open between 8 A.M. and sundown every day of the year (including holidays).

References

  1. ^ a b "Dade Battlefield". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. 2008-06-20. http://tps.cr.nps.gov/nhl/detail.cfm?ResourceId=1217&ResourceType=Site.  
  2. ^ ["Dade Battlefield", by Benjamin Levy, January 1973PDF "National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination"]. National Park Service. 1973-01. "Dade Battlefield", by Benjamin Levy, January 1973PDF.  

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