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Become a member of Dade Battlefield Society!! Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, acquired by the State of Florida in 1921, is the second oldest site in the state whose protection and preservation is designated as being in the best interests of its citizens. Although for two generations its main use was as a recreational spot for nearby residents, its main focus was never lost: a memorial for th

Become a member of Dade Battlefield Society!! Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, acquired by the State of Florida in 1921, is the second oldest site in the state whose protection and preservation is designated as being in the best interests of its citizens. Although for two generations its main use was as a recreational spot for nearby residents, its main focus was never lost: a memorial for th

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The Centennial for Dade Battlefield Historic State ParkBeginning fifty years after Major Dade’s command met their demise...
09/29/2021

The Centennial for Dade Battlefield Historic State Park

Beginning fifty years after Major Dade’s command met their demise at the hands of a much larger force of Seminoles, notable citizens began to press both Florida and Federal legislators to acquire the battle site for everlasting preservation. Steadily increasing through the first twenty years of the twentieth century, an impressive legion of supporters developed to include politicians, jurists, historians, business leaders, civic clubs, and prominent national figures such as General Douglas MacArthur. All these, along with strong public voices fanned by both local and out-of-state newspapers, finally succeeded in convincing the State of Florida to purchase eighty acres that encompassed most of the battle area on September 29, 1921. Dade was only the second property that had been set aside by the State for perpetual protection.

By today’s standards, it was quite a bargain. The purchase price was $2,000, with another $3,000 set aside for development. Although it was a government acquisition, for more than the next thirty years “Dade Memorial Park” was carefully maintained and managed by the citizens of Bushnell and Sumter County themselves. And a special note of appreciation will always be due to a single individual, Judge J.C.B. Koonce, a creative, devoted and inspirational leader who gave more of himself in support of the park than any other single individual.

HAPPY 100TH BIRTHDAY TO “THE BEST LITTLE STATE PARK IN FLORIDA”!!

**Text and Images Courtesy of Steve Rinck.**

Check out the October event schedule for Dade Battlefield!
09/28/2021

Check out the October event schedule for Dade Battlefield!

Little House on the Florida Prairie was a first time offering at the park on Saturday, September 25th that was popular w...
09/28/2021

Little House on the Florida Prairie was a first time offering at the park on Saturday, September 25th that was popular with many fans of the Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder. The two hour program included readings from the books, book demonstrations including pancake making, sewing, butter churning, straw hat making, one room schoolhouse and button crafts. Visitors additionally got to participate and sample after seeing the demonstrations. Many visitors got into the spirit of the program by dressing period.

A new podcast from the Seminole Wars Foundation is just one way the centennial of the acquisition of Dade Battlefield Hi...
09/22/2021

A new podcast from the Seminole Wars Foundation is just one way the centennial of the acquisition of Dade Battlefield Historic State Park is being recognized this year. Featuring former Dade Battlefield Society president and current president of the Seminole Wars Foundation, Steve Rinck, the podcast is hosted by the Dade Battlefield Society’s newest board member, Patrick Swan. The Dade Battlefield Society is the park’s Citizen Support Organization, which support your state park in myriad ways, from fundraising to sponsoring and the annual battle reenactment each January.
https://seminolewars.podbean.com/e/sw074-dade-battlefield-marks-centennial-as-a-historic-state-park-balances-commemoration-with-recreation-opportunities/

A new podcast from the Seminole Wars Foundation is just one way the centennial of the acquisition of Dade Battlefield Historic State Park is being recognized this year. Featuring former Dade Battlefield Society president and current president of the Seminole Wars Foundation, Steve Rinck, the podcast is hosted by the Dade Battlefield Society’s newest board member, Patrick Swan. The Dade Battlefield Society is the park’s Citizen Support Organization, which support your state park in myriad ways, from fundraising to sponsoring and the annual battle reenactment each January.
https://seminolewars.podbean.com/e/sw074-dade-battlefield-marks-centennial-as-a-historic-state-park-balances-commemoration-with-recreation-opportunities/

Migration time is here for birds, help them out by keeping our pet cats inside all year! Fall bird migration is upon us ...
09/21/2021

Migration time is here for birds, help them out by keeping our pet cats inside all year!
Fall bird migration is upon us here in Florida and weather, food, man-made structures and predators all take their toll as birds wing their way to southern wintering grounds. Lately hundreds of common nighthawks have been seen hunting over Florida fields as they work their way south. Smaller birds like prairie warblers, ovenbirds, ruby-throated hummingbirds and yellow-throated warblers are also moving through Central Florida currently while hawks and other birds of prey are moving through in large numbers.
We as humans can have a direct effect on these migrants as our feline pets are considered the #1 direct, human-caused threat to birds in U.S. and Canada (American Bird Conservancy 2021). In the United States outdoor cats kill approximately 2.4 billion birds each year. Even well-fed, belled cats will kill birds and other wildlife. Few birds will escape once caught by a cat as disease introduced from the cat’s claws or teeth or stress of capture generally results in death.
Good news for inside cats is that they will live longer if you keep them inside where they are less likely to be exposed to parasites, poisons, traps, disease, and other free-ranging cats. Typically indoor cats live 10 – 15 years while outdoor cats only live 2 – 5 years (U C Davis School of Veterinary).
This year help both our native birds and your pet cat by keeping your cat inside and spread the word on how to help our declining bird population.

Migration time is here for birds, help them out by keeping our pet cats inside all year!
Fall bird migration is upon us here in Florida and weather, food, man-made structures and predators all take their toll as birds wing their way to southern wintering grounds. Lately hundreds of common nighthawks have been seen hunting over Florida fields as they work their way south. Smaller birds like prairie warblers, ovenbirds, ruby-throated hummingbirds and yellow-throated warblers are also moving through Central Florida currently while hawks and other birds of prey are moving through in large numbers.
We as humans can have a direct effect on these migrants as our feline pets are considered the #1 direct, human-caused threat to birds in U.S. and Canada (American Bird Conservancy 2021). In the United States outdoor cats kill approximately 2.4 billion birds each year. Even well-fed, belled cats will kill birds and other wildlife. Few birds will escape once caught by a cat as disease introduced from the cat’s claws or teeth or stress of capture generally results in death.
Good news for inside cats is that they will live longer if you keep them inside where they are less likely to be exposed to parasites, poisons, traps, disease, and other free-ranging cats. Typically indoor cats live 10 – 15 years while outdoor cats only live 2 – 5 years (U C Davis School of Veterinary).
This year help both our native birds and your pet cat by keeping your cat inside and spread the word on how to help our declining bird population.

The Dade Pioneers program had a great start this week! #FLStateParks #dadebattlefield
09/10/2021

The Dade Pioneers program had a great start this week! #FLStateParks #dadebattlefield

SAVE THE DATE! #littlehouseontheprairie #floridastateparks #dadebattlefield
09/03/2021

SAVE THE DATE! #littlehouseontheprairie #floridastateparks #dadebattlefield

SAVE THE DATE! #littlehouseontheprairie #floridastateparks #dadebattlefield

The Dade Pioneer Program begins in September! #dadebattlefield #dadeyouth #floridastateparks
08/30/2021

The Dade Pioneer Program begins in September! #dadebattlefield #dadeyouth #floridastateparks

Here is the event schedule for September thru October 1st. Click on each photo to see the complete schedule. Hope you ca...
08/19/2021

Here is the event schedule for September thru October 1st. Click on each photo to see the complete schedule. Hope you can join us!

Members of Dade's Youth attended the Annual Parade and Ceremony commemorating the 1842 reinterment of Second Seminole Wa...
08/18/2021

Members of Dade's Youth attended the Annual Parade and Ceremony commemorating the 1842 reinterment of Second Seminole War dead at St. Augustine National Cemetery on Aug. 14. They interviewed several of the reenactors who participated and enhanced their knowledge of Dade's Battle of 1835 under the guidance of Seminole Wars Foundation President Steve Rinck and Alison Simpson, Florida National Guard command historian. Following the ceremony, group members spent time exploring the famous St. George Street, followed by visits to the St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum and Castillo de San Marcos National Monument. Finally, the group traveled a few miles to Anastasia State Park, where they had time to swim before enjoying a picnic of pizza and salads. Sponsored by the Dade Battlefield Society, Dade’s Youth is a group of high-school-aged youngsters who support Dade Battlefield Historic State Park through volunteering and outreach. They earn volunteer hours and enjoy educational opportunities like the field trip to St. Augustine.

Reenactors gathered in St. Augustine National Cemetery on Saturday, August 14, for the annual to commemoration of the re...
08/17/2021

Reenactors gathered in St. Augustine National Cemetery on Saturday, August 14, for the annual to commemoration of the reinternment of Second Seminole War dead. Dade Battlefield park staff attended the event, along with members of our Dade’s Youth volunteer group, for whom the visit was part of an educational field trip to the city.

Attention All Educators!
08/02/2021

Attention All Educators!

Attention All Educators!

Dade's Youth would like to thank L. Norman Adams Home Builders for providing the first monetary donation to help support...
07/30/2021

Dade's Youth would like to thank L. Norman Adams Home Builders for providing the first monetary donation to help support the Haunted Event set for October 29th & 30th!

We are super excited to announce that the Sumter County Sheriff's Office will be taking charge of this year's HAUNTED HOUSE located inside the lodge at Dade Battlefield. BEWARE of the crime scenes!

If your business or organization would like to help this truly community event, contact Karen Cloud (352-793-6256) or e-mail her at [email protected]

Lastly, A BIG THANKS, to the following groups that have signed on to have games, crafts, donate food items or other supplies for this event:
Arby's & Love's Truck Stop
Badcocks
Big Country Fire Protection, Inc
Burger King
CEMEX
City of Bushnell
CVS
Edward Jones
KFC
Kry Insurance
Langley Health
M & N Auto & Heavy Truck Repairs
McDonalds
Regions Bank
Sumter Chamber of Commerce
Suncoast Credit Union
The Parlor
Tin Can
VFW Auxiliary
Wendy's

Dade's Youth would like to thank L. Norman Adams Home Builders for providing the first monetary donation to help support the Haunted Event set for October 29th & 30th!

We are super excited to announce that the Sumter County Sheriff's Office will be taking charge of this year's HAUNTED HOUSE located inside the lodge at Dade Battlefield. BEWARE of the crime scenes!

If your business or organization would like to help this truly community event, contact Karen Cloud (352-793-6256) or e-mail her at [email protected]

Lastly, A BIG THANKS, to the following groups that have signed on to have games, crafts, donate food items or other supplies for this event:
Arby's & Love's Truck Stop
Badcocks
Big Country Fire Protection, Inc
Burger King
CEMEX
City of Bushnell
CVS
Edward Jones
KFC
Kry Insurance
Langley Health
M & N Auto & Heavy Truck Repairs
McDonalds
Regions Bank
Sumter Chamber of Commerce
Suncoast Credit Union
The Parlor
Tin Can
VFW Auxiliary
Wendy's

In case you missed it, here is the August activity schedule!
07/29/2021

In case you missed it, here is the August activity schedule!

In case you missed it, here is the August activity schedule!

The third and final session of Nature Days for the summer was a variety pack of fun activities! It included a frog puppe...
07/29/2021

The third and final session of Nature Days for the summer was a variety pack of fun activities! It included a frog puppet show, burrow cam demonstration of what is in a gopher tortoise burrow by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, paper making from recycled paper, checking pictures on a game cam that the children had put out a week earlier and painting their own wooden snakes. The entertainment for the day was our favorite singing forester Arthur! Thank you to everyone that participated!

On July 17th,  Dade's Youth volunteers began their day by first taking care of their "Adopted Highway" SR 48. They colle...
07/24/2021

On July 17th, Dade's Youth volunteers began their day by first taking care of their "Adopted Highway" SR 48. They collected 6 bags of trash during a 4 mile walk. This is their 4th Trash Pick Up since they adopted the road back in January! They then hosted a car wash to help raise money to support their trip to St. Augustine on August 14th. These young teens showed us what they can do when they put their mind to a challenge!

Monday's Children's Nature Day Camp was for the birds! Seriously! The participants took part in a bird viewing nature wa...
07/22/2021

Monday's Children's Nature Day Camp was for the birds! Seriously! The participants took part in a bird viewing nature walk, a bird memory game, creating an owl craft and they actually dissected an owl pellet. Join us Monday, July 26th for the last Nature Day Camp of the summer - the focus will be amphibians and reptiles!

Dade Battlefield hosted a Project Wild/Aquatic Wild Workshop for educators on Wednesday, July 14th.  The workshop includ...
07/21/2021

Dade Battlefield hosted a Project Wild/Aquatic Wild Workshop for educators on Wednesday, July 14th. The workshop included several hands-on activities and participants were given curriculum guides and other free materials after completing the workshop. A big thanks to park staff, park volunteers and the participants for a successful day!

07/17/2021
We have a few openings still available for Nature Days for Children. Only two Monday sessions left July 19th and July 26...
07/15/2021

We have a few openings still available for Nature Days for Children. Only two Monday sessions left July 19th and July 26th from 9am-12pm. Ages 8-12 years old welcome. Suggested donation to Dade Battlefield Society for each session is $10. Bird focus on July 19 and Reptiles and Amphibians on July 26. Each day includes games, walk, crafts and snack! Please contact the park at 352-793-4781 for registration forms or register the day of program.

We have a few openings still available for Nature Days for Children. Only two Monday sessions left July 19th and July 26th from 9am-12pm. Ages 8-12 years old welcome. Suggested donation to Dade Battlefield Society for each session is $10. Bird focus on July 19 and Reptiles and Amphibians on July 26. Each day includes games, walk, crafts and snack! Please contact the park at 352-793-4781 for registration forms or register the day of program.

Help support Dade's Youth by getting your car washed on Saturday, July 17th! #dadebattlefield #dadeyouth #carwash
07/15/2021

Help support Dade's Youth by getting your car washed on Saturday, July 17th! #dadebattlefield #dadeyouth #carwash

Help support Dade's Youth by getting your car washed on Saturday, July 17th! #dadebattlefield #dadeyouth #carwash

Patriotic Family Fun Day on Friday July 9th was enjoyed by all despite a torrential rain at the start. Grilled hotdogs, ...
07/14/2021

Patriotic Family Fun Day on Friday July 9th was enjoyed by all despite a torrential rain at the start. Grilled hotdogs, hand-cranked ice cream, pet parade, music by Barking Dogs and fun old-fashioned games rounded out the evening. A BIG thanks to everyone that joined in the fun!

Due to the possibility of severe weather associated with Tropical Storm Elsa, the annual member and monthly Board of Dir...
07/06/2021

Due to the possibility of severe weather associated with Tropical Storm Elsa, the annual member and monthly Board of Directors meetings scheduled for this evening will be 𝐩𝐨𝐬𝐭𝐩𝐨𝐧𝐞𝐝 𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐥 𝐧𝐞𝐱𝐭 𝐓𝐮𝐞𝐬𝐝𝐚𝐲, 𝐉𝐮𝐥𝐲 𝟏𝟑. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

Due to the possibility of severe weather associated with Tropical Storm Elsa, the annual member and monthly Board of Directors meetings scheduled for this evening will be 𝐩𝐨𝐬𝐭𝐩𝐨𝐧𝐞𝐝 𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐥 𝐧𝐞𝐱𝐭 𝐓𝐮𝐞𝐬𝐝𝐚𝐲, 𝐉𝐮𝐥𝐲 𝟏𝟑. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

Nature Days for Children will be here in July! Be sure to register your kiddos ages 8-12 for fun packed days at the park...
06/27/2021

Nature Days for Children will be here in July! Be sure to register your kiddos ages 8-12 for fun packed days at the park! #dadebattlefield #floridastateparks #natureday

Nature Days for Children will be here in July! Be sure to register your kiddos ages 8-12 for fun packed days at the park! #dadebattlefield #floridastateparks #natureday

Come join us at Patriotic Family Fun Day on July 9th! #dadebattlefield #patriotic #floridastateparks
06/20/2021

Come join us at Patriotic Family Fun Day on July 9th! #dadebattlefield #patriotic #floridastateparks

Come join us at Patriotic Family Fun Day on July 9th! #dadebattlefield #patriotic #floridastateparks

Amazon Smile is a program through Amazon that donates 0.5% of your eligible purchases on smile.amazon.com to a charity o...
06/16/2021

Amazon Smile is a program through Amazon that donates 0.5% of your eligible purchases on smile.amazon.com to a charity of your choice. Dade Battlefield Society is designated as an eligible charity and all you need to do is select DBS as your charity of choice on Amazon Smile before you make your next purchase (the system will recognize DBS as your charity from then on). The donation from Amazon is made at no extra cost to you. The Amazon Smile website offers the same items, prices, and benefits as the original Amazon website, but you must use the Smile website for the purchases to be eligible for donation to DBS.

𝐈𝐭 𝐢𝐬 𝐧𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐫 𝐭𝐨𝐨 𝐥𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐬𝐢𝐠𝐧 𝐮𝐩 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐫𝐞𝐦𝐞𝐦𝐛𝐞𝐫… 𝐏𝐫𝐢𝐦𝐞 𝐃𝐚𝐲 𝐢𝐬 𝐧𝐞𝐱𝐭 𝐰𝐞𝐞𝐤 𝐨𝐧 𝐉𝐮𝐧𝐞 𝟐𝟏-𝟐𝟐!

Please comment below, send a private message or email [email protected] for questions or help setting Dade Battlefield Society as your designated charity on Smile

Amazon Smile is a program through Amazon that donates 0.5% of your eligible purchases on smile.amazon.com to a charity of your choice. Dade Battlefield Society is designated as an eligible charity and all you need to do is select DBS as your charity of choice on Amazon Smile before you make your next purchase (the system will recognize DBS as your charity from then on). The donation from Amazon is made at no extra cost to you. The Amazon Smile website offers the same items, prices, and benefits as the original Amazon website, but you must use the Smile website for the purchases to be eligible for donation to DBS.

𝐈𝐭 𝐢𝐬 𝐧𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐫 𝐭𝐨𝐨 𝐥𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐬𝐢𝐠𝐧 𝐮𝐩 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐫𝐞𝐦𝐞𝐦𝐛𝐞𝐫… 𝐏𝐫𝐢𝐦𝐞 𝐃𝐚𝐲 𝐢𝐬 𝐧𝐞𝐱𝐭 𝐰𝐞𝐞𝐤 𝐨𝐧 𝐉𝐮𝐧𝐞 𝟐𝟏-𝟐𝟐!

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Hi, I am interested in traveling to the January re-enactment of the Dade's Battle of 1835 but I cannot find any information anywhere on the planned date. I've looked on your website, checked the state park website, searched Google, and cannot find any dates. Need to plan months in advance. Can you please tell me the date? Thanks!
What about the wreath ceremony on December 28th
What about the wreath ceremony on the 28th of December
Im concerned have not received any paperwork January, any word of the reenactment being cancelled?
Dear Dade Friends, Wanted to share with you.... SO much has been added this year to DADE's WWII event...... several non-profit groups will be setting up booths...along with our guest vendors....& food vendors. AND.... ...our awesome "living historians" will be on hand...this year every 30 minutes inside the lodge...a different speaker...sharing WWII historical information. AND... our "school house" will become a "Movie theater"....showing WWII newsreels and old movies! FREE POPCORN! AND... we have added a "dance studio" demonstration! THAT's RIGHT...come and watch our dance experts take us back to 1940's as they jitterbug and swing dance to our "live 1940's Radio broadcast"! AND...then, join in! AND... A game area for kids to see what favorite games were played in this time period.. AND... To honor all our veterans...A station where you can write a post card to one of our soldiers from Sumter currently serving our country. IF EVERYONE would just share this message with ONE more person...and help us get the word out... THIS SAT and SUN....event begins at 10AM.... HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!
Thanks for the wonderful silk scarf printing class.
We recently visited the final resting place of the soldiers killed in the Dade Battle in the National Cemetery in St. Augustine, FL. There are people who would never know about this final resting place and I found it very interesting.
Did anyone get video of Saturday Jan. 5th? When Sawgrass' Saddle came off ??
Did an Alachua County incident cause the attack on Dade's command?
We are back at Dade Battlefield for another fun filled night. Come see us at our creepy Carnival Pavillion.....
Question: I see in the Florida Reenactors page you are looking for volunteers. You state, "history impressions, from pre-Columbian to modern era, are welcome." What is the Time frame this pre-columbian marker represents? Thank you.