Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park, Olustee

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Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park is a Florida State Park in the Osceola National Forest, near the town of Olustee. The site of Florida's largest Civil War battle, the park is located 50mi west of Jacksonville and 15mi east of Lake City, on U.S. 90. It also has the distinction of being the first park in the Florida State Park system.
The State of Florida actually owns only 3.09acre of the Park, but manages another 688acre of the original battlefield under a Special Use Permit from the United States Forest Service.
Under the title of Olustee Battlefield, it was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places on 12 August 1970.
The Battle of Olustee was fought on the afternoon of 20 February 1864. It is recreated annually during that month by Civil War reenactors.
In 1897, the Florida Division of the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC) began raising funds to place a monument at the battle site. Two years later, the Florida Legislature appropriated $2,500.00 and established a commission to oversee construction of the monument. The project was completed in 1912, and the monument was officially dedicated on 23 October 1912. The UDC administered the Olustee Battlefield Memorial until 1949, when the Florida Board of Parks and Historic Memorials assumed responsibility. Today the Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park is administered by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Recreation and Parks.
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  • We stopped here on our way back to Jacksonville after lunch at Cedar River Seafood in Lake City. It has a small exhibit area that will be renovated according to the notice posted. But it does provide ...  more »
  • Note: New visitor center in in planning process. The current center is small with a few displays and a decent historically video outlining the background and significance of the civil war battle. Thei...  more »
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  • Beautiful place . Only saw a little bit. We will be going back soon but this time we will bring the doggy stroller so our old pup can enjoy with us. Bring a picnic lunch great place for it .
  • Beautiful and peaceful little State Park and historic Battle field. Its really worth while, and great with little kids. Don't forget to do the little hike around the Battle field.

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