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Fort Mason

 
 
Fort Mason Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ray King, June 9, 2012
1. Fort Mason Marker
Inscription. During the Second Seminole War (1835-1842), troops under the command of Brig. Gen. Abraham Eustis left Volusia County headed toward the Withlacoochee River as part of a military action in response to the December 28, 1835 massacre of Major Francis L. Dade and his command near Bushnell. In March 1836 the troops camped nearby while a bridge was constructed over the Ocklawaha to the west. They built a fortified stockade about one mile south of this location, on the east side of Smith Lake. It was named Fort Mason, most likely to honor Lt. Col. Pierce Mason Butler who led the expedition and after whom Fort Butler, near Astor, was also named. After hostilities ended, Fort Mason became a supply base to support and encourage settlement in the area, which would later become Lake County. With the coming of the railroad in the 1880s, a town on the north shore of Lake Eustis took its name from Fort Mason.

A Florida Heritage Site Sponsored by the Lake County Historical Society and the Florida Department of State.
 
Erected 2007 by Lake County Historical Society. (Marker Number F-598.)
 
Location. 28° 55.013′ N, 81° 40.443′ W. Marker is in Umatilla, Florida, in Lake County. Marker is at the intersection of
Fort Mason Marker reverse side image. Click for full size.
By Ray King, June 9, 2012
2. Fort Mason Marker reverse side
South Central Avenue (Florida Route 19) and Golden Gem Drive, on the right when traveling north on South Central Avenue. Click for map. The marker is between State Road 19 and Lake Tutuola. Marker is in this post office area: Umatilla FL 32784, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within 16 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Milner-Rosenwald Academy (approx. 7.7 miles away); Witherspoon Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons, No. 111 (approx. 7.7 miles away); John P. Donnelly House (approx. 8.2 miles away); Atlantic Coast Line Train Depot (approx. 8.3 miles away); Dr. Howard A. Kelly Park (approx. 15 miles away); a different marker also named Dr. Howard A. Kelly Park (approx. 15.3 miles away).
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesNative AmericansSettlements & SettlersWars, US Indian
 
Fort Mason Marker and Lake Tutuola image. Click for full size.
By Ray King, June 9, 2012
3. Fort Mason Marker and Lake Tutuola
Fort Mason Marker, looking north on SR 19 (S. Central Ave) image. Click for full size.
By Ray King, June 9, 2012
4. Fort Mason Marker, looking north on SR 19 (S. Central Ave)
Fort Mason Marker, looking south on SR 19 (S. Central Ave). image. Click for full size.
By Ray King, June 9, 2012
5. Fort Mason Marker, looking south on SR 19 (S. Central Ave).
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Ray King of Jacksonville, Florida. This page has been viewed 572 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Ray King of Jacksonville, Florida. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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