Fanning Springs in Gilchrist County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
The History of Fort Fanning
The fort was originally called "Palmetto", but was renamed in honor of Colonel Alexander Campbell Wilder Fannin (1788-1846).
Made of real wood, and situated in warm humid climate, remnants of the actual fort have long since disappeared.
Colonel Fannin served under General Andrew Jackson in the First Seminole War. As a lieutenant, at the beginning of the Second Seminole War, he was noted for outstanding service when he led a charge in a battle near the Withlacochee River. His objective, during the Second Seminole War, was to capture Seminoles for deportation to the West.
Until railroads crossed the Suwannee River early in the 20th century, the Fanning Springs area served as the local boat landing.
Products such as cotton, lumber, turpentine and other plantation products would be loaded and hauled off while household and farm supplies would be received.
Location. 29° 35.5′ N, 82° 56.167′ W. Marker is in Fanning Springs, Florida, in Gilchrist County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of U.S. 19 and Kentucky Avenue, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is located in Fort Fanning Historical Park north of Fanning
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fanning Springs Bridge (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Oldtown (approx. 2.9 miles away); Fletcher Community (approx. 10.5 miles away); Triumph the Church and Kingdom of God in Christ (approx. 12 miles away).
Also see . . . Historic Fort on the Suwannee. (Submitted on August 19, 2013.)
Categories. • Forts, Castles • Wars, US Indian •
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