Dade Battlefield Society

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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 the brave men, both soldiers and Native Americans, whose 1835 battle marked the beginning of the Second Seminole War, the longest conflict in the first 195 years of American history. In the mid-1950’s the State moved to more formally embrace the 80-acre property into its official park system, making improvements and other steps to bring the actual battlefield’s appearance back to what it was when Major Francis L. Dade’s command had been defeated by a greatly superior Seminole force. By 1987, the Dade Battlefield Society, formed with support from both the local community and others interested in preserving our natural and cultural heritage, became the park’s Citizen Support Organization. Our Society is concerned with increasing public awareness of Dade Battlefield and its significance through living history events, nature programs, social functions, educational and recreational activities, festivals, and our highly authentic annual reenactment of Dade’s Battle that is held each January. We are a diverse group of like-minded volunteers who proudly operate the Dade Battlefield Society exclusively for charitable purposes.

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Our answer for Saturday's "Did You Know" question is provided by Steve Rinck, former president of the Dade Battlefield S...
09/08/2020

Our answer for Saturday's "Did You Know" question is provided by Steve Rinck, former president of the Dade Battlefield Society, current president of the Seminole Wars Foundation, and an avid researcher into the park’s history:

“As it was known then, Dade Memorial Park, along with some private property beyond its borders, had begun its transformation into an Army camp as early as 1942. About fifteen hundred thirty acres to the northeast of town were leased for construction of two airfields by the 841st Aviation Engineers Battalion, and beginning in 1943 pilots and air crews were being trained there. Park property was transformed into a military base housing many of the personnel already in the area. The 622nd Signal Aircraft Warning Company provided training on aircraft warning equipment, including the new radar early warning systems.

The original buildings and statuary mixed in with a hastily constructed headquarters, mess hall, supply building, shower room, radio shack, motor pool, and multiple residence tents. Furniture was donated for recreational use and weekly USO dances were organized in town. Junior Woman’s Club members encouraged all women to show their patriotism by doing “everything possible for the welfare and entertainment of our boys.” All servicemen from the 622nd, as well as a significant number of personnel from the other units, were housed at Dade Memorial Park from January to June of 1944. By that time, the 622nd was reconfigured as part of Warning Squadron D and was ultimately ordered to relocate to Orange County, a more centralized location for supply and communications. By mid-August, all the temporary buildings were removed from Dade Park to be repositioned at Ocoee, and the grounds were once again open for the use of the very patient and loyal citizens of the Bushnell area."

09/05/2020
The answer to the recent Dade Nature Quiz is the Big-Eyed Click beetle. This beetle species has false eye spots to confu...
09/01/2020

The answer to the recent Dade Nature Quiz is the Big-Eyed Click beetle. This beetle species has false eye spots to confuse or frighten predators. The beetle can also flip itself after being turned over which is usually accompanied by a relatively loud click, hence their name.

08/29/2020
08/27/2020

Thank you to everyone that participated in this week's "Did you know" question. The answer is:

Capt. George Washington Gardiner initially was to lead the mission to reinforce the small garrison at Fort King, in present-day Ocala. But Gardiner’s wife, Frances, lay desperately ill. The morning the command was to depart Fort Brooke, Maj. Dade volunteered to take command so that Gardiner could remain to care for Frances. Gardiner subsequently secured passage for his wife aboard the schooner Motto, bound for Key West, where family and better medical care awaited. Although he had no obligation to rejoin the command, Gardiner was unwilling to see his men, Co. C, 2d Artillery, march into to danger without him. Confident that Frances would be cared for, he galloped up the trail to join his men and, ultimately, to share their fate.

Gardiner graduated at the top of the class of 1814 from West Point, where he subsequently would serve as an artillery instructor and Commandant of Cadets. He was known to his students as “the God of War.”

08/25/2020
08/21/2020
The answer to the Dade Nature Quiz is Eastern glass lizard or as they are commonly called, glass snakes. This legless li...
08/17/2020

The answer to the Dade Nature Quiz is Eastern glass lizard or as they are commonly called, glass snakes.

This legless lizard is the most common of the four species of legless lizards in Florida. It prefers moist, grassy habitat and will burrow in soil and is the only glass lizard with a greenish or bluish color as a mature adult. It feeds on insects, spiders, mice, snails, and reptile and bird eggs.

Dade Nature Quiz!Dade Battlefield has a variety of wildlife and plants waiting to be discovered by visitors.  Test your ...
08/13/2020

Dade Nature Quiz!

Dade Battlefield has a variety of wildlife and plants waiting to be discovered by visitors. Test your knowledge in our Dade Nature Quizzes!

Can you name this animal seen recently crossing a road at Dade?

08/05/2020

IMPORTANT NOTICE:

All craft classes and ranger programs at Dade Battlefield have been canceled through September. We will keep you all posted on any new developments. Stay safe!

Please enjoy these pics from last Saturday's Wildflower/Butterfly walk!
08/04/2020

Please enjoy these pics from last Saturday's Wildflower/Butterfly walk!

Thank you to everyone that participated in Saturday's Trivia question! Many area residents remember attending family coo...
08/03/2020

Thank you to everyone that participated in Saturday's Trivia question! Many area residents remember attending family cook-outs and group picnics around this pavilion, which once housed a large barbecue pit (Notice the vented roof?). The barbecue structure fell into disrepair and was removed in recent years. The pavilion now houses the park’s replica 6-pounder cannon and some picnic tables.

Check back next Saturday for another fun trivia question about Dade Battlefield!

Saturday Trivia Question!   What is this historic structure and what is its current use at Dade Battlefield State Park? ...
08/01/2020

Saturday Trivia Question!

What is this historic structure and what is its current use at Dade Battlefield State Park? Be sure to check back on Monday for the answer!

Join us at Dade Battlefield on Friday, August 7th from 10 am - 12 pm for Trash to Treasures. We will be upcycling glass ...
07/31/2020

Join us at Dade Battlefield on Friday, August 7th from 10 am - 12 pm for Trash to Treasures.

We will be upcycling glass bottles, making artsy homemade paper, pistachio shell art, quilling, greeting card boxes and can tab jewelry. We will be practicing social distancing and wearing masks. Cost is $3/vehicle or Florida Annual State Park Pass. Class size is limited so please call 352-793-4781 to register.

The answer to Saturday's Trivia Question is:“Massacre!”  Frank Laumer published this first book about the battle in 1968...
07/27/2020

The answer to Saturday's Trivia Question is:
“Massacre!” Frank Laumer published this first book about the battle in 1968.

“Dade’s Last Command,” his updated version of the story, was published in 2008.

The former president of the Dade Battlefield Society and Seminole Wars Foundation was the iconic presence at the park’s annual reenactment from its inception. The noted Seminole Wars historian passed away last year at the age of 92.

07/25/2020

Saturday's History Trivia question is here!
What was the first, full-length book treatment of Dade’s Battle of 1835?

Join park staff on Saturday, August 1st 8:30 am - 10:00 am as we tour Dade’s trails looking for wildflowers and butterfl...
07/22/2020

Join park staff on Saturday, August 1st 8:30 am - 10:00 am as we tour Dade’s trails looking for wildflowers and butterflies. A recent prescribed burn has brought an increase in both wildflowers and butterflies. Please bring insect repellant, hat and water. Cost is $3/vehicle or Florida Annual Park Pass. Group size is limited so please call 352-793-4781 to register.

Participants in Dade’s July 18th Wild Foods Foraging Class enjoyed hiking the park’s trails while munching on Simpson’s ...
07/21/2020

Participants in Dade’s July 18th Wild Foods Foraging Class enjoyed hiking the park’s trails while munching on Simpson’s stoppers, meadow beauty leaves, green briar shoots, Spanish needle flowers, saw palmetto shoots and other wild delicacies. Additionally the class participants prepared sumac-ade, sautéed tread softly roots, ate wild elderberry/mulberry/blackberry pancakes with violet, and beauty berry jelly and learned how to crack pignut hickory nuts. Social distancing was in place while enjoying nature’s bounty! Yum! Join us in another future wild foods foraging class as we check out each season’s offerings.

Thanks to everyone that participated with Saturday's trivia question. Many longtime Sumter County residents remember pla...
07/20/2020

Thanks to everyone that participated with Saturday's trivia question. Many longtime Sumter County residents remember playing on one of the old Gatling Guns that used to be on display by the Dade Battlefield breastworks replica. One small catch: The Gatling Gun wasn’t invented by Dr. Richard J. Gatling until 1861, and our battle took place in 1835. Historical accuracy is one reason you won’t find Gatling Guns by the breastworks anymore. For that matter, you won’t find the concrete breastworks replica seen in this photo either. It was replaced by a more accurate one made of logs decades ago, and that one in turn was updated just last year.

It's time again for Saturday History Trivia! Can you venture a guess what this is a photo of? Let us know in the comment...
07/18/2020

It's time again for Saturday History Trivia!

Can you venture a guess what this is a photo of? Let us know in the comments below - we will post the answer on Monday!

Dade Battlefield volunteers helped remove invasive Tropical Soda Apple from park property as part of their regular Wedne...
07/17/2020

Dade Battlefield volunteers helped remove invasive Tropical Soda Apple from park property as part of their regular Wednesday work day this week. Volunteers play a key role at the park and help out in many ways beyond craft classes and events. Think you might want to join them? Call Park Services Specialist Kristin Wood, Dade’s volunteer coordinator, at 352-793-4781 to learn more about volunteering at the park.

Here of some pics of the Boondoggle Class last week!  We  are currently limiting class sizes so that social distancing c...
07/14/2020

Here of some pics of the Boondoggle Class last week! We are currently limiting class sizes so that social distancing can take place and asking that participants wear face masks. Looks like everyone had a good time!

We would like to thank everyone that participated in our history trivia question! The correct answer is...............Th...
07/13/2020

We would like to thank everyone that participated in our history trivia question! The correct answer is...............This is the entrance to the Dade Battlefield Historic State Park. This photo is circa 1950. Check back on Saturday for another question to test your history of the park!

Step back into history at Dade Battlefield Historic State Park with this historic picture taken at Dade Battlefield.  Le...
07/11/2020

Step back into history at Dade Battlefield Historic State Park with this historic picture taken at Dade Battlefield.

Let us know in the comments below what you think the picture is of and approximately what year it was taken. We will post the answer on Monday. Happy guessing!

Yesterday volunteers participated in a Basic First Aid and CPR course instructed by Park Ranger Jordan Miller. Volunteer...
07/09/2020

Yesterday volunteers participated in a Basic First Aid and CPR course instructed by Park Ranger Jordan Miller. Volunteers assist at many events held at the park. The training provided will help volunteers be prepared if there is ever a need. Training was done with all volunteers wearing masks, practice materials were disinfected between each volunteer using them and folks were socially distanced!

Dade's Youth proudly awarded their "Outstanding Volunteer" to Sheyenne McAlister.Sheyenne began volunteering with Dade B...
07/07/2020

Dade's Youth proudly awarded their "Outstanding Volunteer" to Sheyenne McAlister.

Sheyenne began volunteering with Dade Battlefield at a very early age, assisting her dad with various presentations during summer camps and special events. Two years ago, when Dade's Youth was first formed from the existing, "Dade Pioneers", Sheyenne was part of the original teens to develop the concept for the group. Since that first meeting, Sheyenne has logged in over 300 hours!

Dade's Youth teens first goal is to support our local state park, Dade Battlefield Historic State Park. However, the group does so much more. Over the past two years, they have continued to support Relay for Life, this year donating over $2,000 and participated in numerous community events, such as Turkey's from Heaven, Fall Festival, Laura Vickers Toy Drive and more.

This year, again, the group raised money through multiple fund raisers to be able to continue their "incentive" programs, giving any senior who earns 100 hours (50 being added their senior year) a free SSHS yearbook or a $50 gift card, and the top earning taking the $500 scholarship to assist with college or future needs.They offered field trips to other state parks at no cost to those students earning over 25 hours. So far, the group has visited five state parks, one county park and one national park.

To present the award was Sofiya Covarrubias, last year's Dade Youth Outstanding Volunteer. Sheyenne's name will be added to the plaque that hangs proudly in the Dade lodge. Her name will be number seven! (The first five names were students earning the title "Most Valuable Pioneer" while participating with Dade Pioneers.)

Dade Battlefield Society is very proud of their teen volunteers and hope many more teens will take advantage of this wonderful way to earn volunteer hours while learning Florida history! To find out more about how to participate in Dade's Youth, e-mail Karen Cloud at [email protected].

Here is another pic of a finished scarf from the Silk Scarf Painting class last week. This beautiful piece was created b...
07/07/2020

Here is another pic of a finished scarf from the Silk Scarf Painting class last week. This beautiful piece was created by volunteer Kate! Great job Kate!

As promised, here are some pics of the final product from the Silk Scarf Painting class last week. Steaming is the final...
07/07/2020

As promised, here are some pics of the final product from the Silk Scarf Painting class last week. Steaming is the final step of the silk printing process which allows the transfer of the silk tie design to the silk white scarf. We think these scarves came out pretty awesome! What do you think?

The popular Wild Foods Foraging Class is back! Join us on Saturday, July 18th from 9am -12pm as Ranger Kristin will guid...
07/06/2020

The popular Wild Foods Foraging Class is back! Join us on Saturday, July 18th from 9am -12pm as Ranger Kristin will guide you along the trails of Dade Battlefield foraging for wild foods. Sample dishes will be prepared for you to try from what you forage along the trail. Hat, sunglasses and water are recommended for the walk. Cost is $3/vehicle or Annual State Park pass plus $5/person. We will be practicing social distancing on this walk. This is an EXTREMELY popular class and spots are limited! Please call 352-793-4781 to register.

Happy Independence Day from Dade Battlefield Society! 🇺🇸
07/04/2020

Happy Independence Day from Dade Battlefield Society! 🇺🇸

Here are some pics from the Silk Scarf Painting class this past Thursday. Everyone in class practiced social distancing ...
07/03/2020

Here are some pics from the Silk Scarf Painting class this past Thursday. Everyone in class practiced social distancing and learned a beautiful new skill! The scarfs are in the process of getting steamed. Pictures of the final product will be posted in the near future so be sure to check back!

Our volunteer Cindy teaching fellow volunteers how to boondoggle. We have excellent volunteer instructors here at the pa...
07/03/2020

Our volunteer Cindy teaching fellow volunteers how to boondoggle. We have excellent volunteer instructors here at the park that will pass their expertise on to you! Please join us on Friday, July 10th from 10am-12pm for the Basic and Advanced Palm Frond Boondoggle class! A reminder that social distancing will be in place so please bring a mask to wear. Class size is limited so please call to register at 352-793-4781. Hope to see you there!

Volunteers helped to remove invasive Showy Rattlebox from the park yesterday. Showy Rattlebox got its name due to the so...
07/02/2020

Volunteers helped to remove invasive Showy Rattlebox from the park yesterday. Showy Rattlebox got its name due to the sound the seeds make when dried. It is toxic to livestock and its ability to persist in tough soil conditions means it can readily out-compete pasture grass and other desirable species. Birds and other wildlife often carry the seeds spreading the plant easily. Volunteers play an important role in the park whether it be pulling up invasive plants or helping with special events. To become a volunteer visit https://www.floridastateparks.org/volunteers or call 352-793-4781.

Volunteer Sue is preparing for tomorrow's Silk Scarf Painting Class. We still have open spots for this class available. ...
07/01/2020

Volunteer Sue is preparing for tomorrow's Silk Scarf Painting Class. We still have open spots for this class available. Social distancing will be in place so please bring a mask to wear. Call 352-793-4781 to register.

Did you know that you could make a basket using pine needles? Join our expert volunteers on Thursday, July 16th from 10a...
07/01/2020

Did you know that you could make a basket using pine needles? Join our expert volunteers on Thursday, July 16th from 10am-1pm as we learn how to make a small pine needle basket. All materials are provided! Cost is $3/vehicle or Florida Annual Park Pass plus $5/person. Social distancing will be practiced so please bring your mask. Class size is limited to 12 persons so please call to register at 352-793-4781. Hope to see you there!

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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.
History buffs, Nature lovers, humanitarians, Veterans, Parents, teachers... And, well, EVERYONE, We have the opportunity to support our local treasure, Dade Battlefield, and Our Next Generation!!! For the entire month of July, the Dade Battlefield Society is putting all their donations ($20 & up) into the DADE'S YOUTH Program! So, not only does your donation give you exclusive membership to the Dade Battlefield Society and all the perks that come with that membership, BUT... All proceeds this month go into their SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM!!! *Supporting our youth with our rich history!!* Please look in the comments for pics of the Dade Battlefield Society pamphlet. You may contact myself, Karen Cloud, Diane Farrar Carvajal, or any other person involved with DADE'S YOUTH!! PLEASE SHARE!!!
After the bat program of Friday 4-17-18 Thank you Dade.
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