Near Christmas in Orange County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Erected 1976 by Orange County Historical Commission in cooperation with Department of State. (Marker Number F-252.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts or Castles • Settlements & Settlers • Wars, US Indian.
Location. 28° 33.724′ N, 81° 1.307′ W. Marker is near Christmas, Florida, in Orange County. Marker can be reached from North Fort Christmas Road (State Road 420) 1.8 miles north of East Colonial Drive (State Road 50). The marker is located in the Fort Christmas Historical Park (1300 North Fort Christmas Road), adjacent to the parking area at the entrance to the Fort Christmas replica. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1300 North Fort Christmas Road, Christmas FL 32709, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Brown House (within shouting distance of this marker); Yates House (within shouting distance of this marker); Simmons 2 House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Chuluota (approx. 8.2 miles away); Central Florida Cattlemen (approx. 10.3 miles away); Windover Archaeological Site (approx. 10.7 miles away); Fort Lane Florida Honors and Remembers our POW’s and MIA’s (approx. 12.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Christmas.
Regarding Fort Christmas. For the U.S. Bicentennial, Orange County Parks and Recreation Department and the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers constructed the replica at the then-Picnic Grounds. It was completed in December 1977, 140 years after the original Fort Christmas was completed on a site approximately one mile north.
Also see . . . The History of Fort Christmas - Florida. The fort was to be used as a supply depot for the soldiers that went looking for the Seminoles. So if they got in a battle they would not have far to go for supplies. But the Seminoles had all left the area and after leaving 80 soldiers at the fort the rest moved further south. It became necessary for supply ships to reroute through Jupiter Inlet as the army went on southward. For this reason Fort Christmas was abandoned in March 1838. (Submitted on April 1, 2012, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on March 1, 2018. It was originally submitted on March 31, 2012, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia. This page has been viewed 864 times since then and 29 times this year. Last updated on April 2, 2012, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on March 31, 2012, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia. 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on April 1, 2012, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.