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Site of Fort Vinton

 
 
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By Jay Kravetz, July 30, 2019
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Inscription.  A few miles southwest of this marker is the site of Fort Vinton. As white settlers moved into Florida, demands increased for the removal of the Seminole Indians to a western reservation. The Seminoles did not wish to leave, and in 1835 the conflict known as the Second Seminole war began. The 1838-39 campaign of that war was planned with the major objective of driving Indians away from settled areas and into the southern part of Florida. New posts were to be built where needed and others, such as Fort Pierce, were to be reoccupied. Supply outposts were needed for field campaigns, and early in April, 1839, such a post, called Fort or Post No. 2, was constructed about twenty miles northwest of Fort Pierce. This fortification was abandoned by or before 1842, when hostilities ended. Early in 1850, when another concerted effort to force the remnants of the Seminoles to emigrate got underway, it was reactivated as Fort Vinton. The post was named for Captain John R. Vinton, who had served in the area during the earlier conflict and had died in the Mexican War. Fort Vinton, an outpost of Fort Capron at Indian River Inlet, was soon abandoned (May, 1850)
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By Jay Kravetz, July 29, 2019
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and is not known to have played a role in the hostilities of the later 1850's.
 
Erected 1976 by Treasure Coast Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, and Department of State. (Marker Number F-255.)
 
Location. 27° 38.379′ N, 80° 35.065′ W. Marker is in Vero Beach, Florida, in Indian River County. Marker is on State Road 60 (State Road 60) 0.6 miles east of 130th Avenue, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Vero Beach FL 32966, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Fellsmere Public School (approx. 8.9 miles away); Fellsmere Union Church (approx. 8.9 miles away); Fellsmere (approx. 8.9 miles away); Fellsmere Veterans Memorial (approx. 8.9 miles away); The Marian Fell Library (approx. 9.1 miles away); Birthplace for Equal Suffrage for Women in Florida (approx. 9.3 miles away); The Fellsmere Railroad (approx. 9.4 miles away); Baseball and Dodgertown (approx. 9.9 miles away).
 
More about this marker. When first erected, the consensus was the fort was further east from this location and closer to the Vero Beach Mall. It was moved to this location in March 2015.
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesNative AmericansSettlements & SettlersWars, US Indian
 
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By Jay Kravetz, July 29, 2019
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 1, 2019. This page originally submitted on July 31, 2019, by Jay Kravetz of West Palm Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 131 times since then. Last updated on July 31, 2019, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 31, 2019, by Jay Kravetz of West Palm Beach, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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