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Fort King Burying Ground

 
 
Fort King Burying Ground Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, January 28, 2016
1. Fort King Burying Ground Marker
Inscription.  This marks the burying ground of the soldiers and civilians who died at Fort King during the Seminole War 1835-1842.

Fort King occupied the hill to the north-east and was established as a military post in 1827.
 
Erected 1933 by Ocala Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesForts and Castles. In addition, it is included in the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1827.
 
Location. 29° 11.19′ N, 82° 5.061′ W. Marker is in Ocala, Florida, in Marion County. Marker is at the intersection of East Fort King Street and Southeast 39th Avenue, on the right when traveling west on East Fort King Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ocala FL 34470, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort King Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); Treaty of Payne’s Landing (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Treaty of Moultrie Creek (about 500 feet away); Dade Massacre
Fort King Burying Ground Marker with flags in background image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, January 28, 2016
2. Fort King Burying Ground Marker with flags in background
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(about 500 feet away); Attack on Fort King (about 500 feet away); It was a Hard Life at Fort King (about 500 feet away); The U.S. Army on the frontier (about 600 feet away); The Second Seminole War / The Third Seminole War (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ocala.
 
Tour Stop #17 about Fort King image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, January 28, 2016
3. Tour Stop #17 about Fort King
Saving Fort King
In 1927, eighty years after Fort King had been dismantled to serve as Marion County's first courthouse, a group of courageous women, dressed in black, approached the site from the west.

But unlike the armed soldiers that approached the site many years earlier, these women came armed with pens. And with those pens, they signed a title transaction that deeded one acre of the Fort King site over to them, thus ensuring preservation of the site forever.

These were members of the Ocala Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution, a group intent on preserving one of America's most historical sites. These women began the endeavor of "Saving Fort King”.

Years later more citizens came forward demanding the site be preserved. Following archeological confirmation on the exact location of the fort on the hill behind you, the site was declared a National Historic Landmark in 2004.

Today, this landmark and the surrounding living history park come alive through dedicated volunteers and groups. Stop and reflect as you visit these hallowed grounds.

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Credits. This page was last revised on October 25, 2017. It was originally submitted on March 12, 2016, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 351 times since then and 43 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 12, 2016, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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Oct. 5, 2022