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Umatilla in Lake County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

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.
Fort Mason Marker reverse side image. Click for full size.
By Ray King, June 9, 2012
2. Fort Mason Marker reverse side
28° 55.013′ N, 81° 40.443′ W. Marker is in Umatilla, Florida, in Lake County. Marker is at the intersection of South Central Avenue (State Road 19) and Golden Gem Drive, on the right when traveling north on South Central Avenue. The marker is between State Road 19 and Lake Tutuola. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Umatilla FL 32784, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 15 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); The World War (approx. 8.2 miles away); Atlantic Coast Line Train Depot (approx. 8.3 miles away); Birth of the Florida Trail (approx. 8.6 miles away); Florida Black Bear Scenic Byway (approx. 12.8 miles away); Dr. Howard A. Kelly Park (approx. 15 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).
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 10, 2012, by Ray King of Jacksonville, Florida. This page has been viewed 784 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on June 10, 2012, by Ray King of Jacksonville, Florida. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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