Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell

Florida National Cemetery is a United States National Cemetery located near the city of Bushnell in Sumter County, Florida. Administered by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, it encompasses, and began interments in 1988.
Florida National Cemetery is located in the Withlacoochee State Forest, approximately 50mi north of Tampa. The forest was acquired by the federal government from private landowners between 1936 and 1939 under the provisions of the U.S. Land Resettlement Administration. The United States Forest Service managed the property until a lease-purchase agreement transferred it to the Florida Board of Forestry in 1958. Currently, Withlacoochee State Forest is the second-largest state forest in Florida, divided into eight distinct tracts of land.
In 1842, Congress encouraged settlement here by establishing the Armed Occupation Act. The law granted a patent for 160acre to any man who kept a gun and ammunition, built a house, cultivated 5acre of the land and remained there for at least five years. Settlers moved in to take advantage of the generous offer. The area contained abundant timber and suitable farmland, appealing attributes to frontiersmen. In 1845 Florida was granted statehood.
During the Civil War, a sugar mill on the Homosassa River supplied sugar to the Confederacy. A robust citrus-growing industry developed in the eastern part of the area and became a focus of intense economic expansion soon after the war.
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  • My father was in the cemetery having passed away several years ago. My Mother passed in November and we had her ashes placed in my fathers crypt in February. The staff at the cemetery were extremely c...  more »
  • I and my Legion Riders motorcycle group are here every year for Wreaths Across America. This is a beautiful, clean, well-maintained place of rest for our honored veterans.  more »
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  • Simply just a beautiful, well manicured place to rest eternally. Love & miss you, Dad! Kevin
  • Beautiful peaceful place well-maintained open seven days a week I love it because I can get there on Saturday and Sunday to put flowers on my parents site

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