Near Frostproof in Polk County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Site of Fort Clinch
Erected by Polk County Historical Commission.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts and Castles • War, US Civil • Wars, US Indian. A significant historical year for this entry is 1849.
Location. 27° 45.341′ N, 81° 33.097′ W. Marker is near Frostproof, Florida, in Polk County. Marker is at the intersection of County Road 630 and Davis Road, on the right when traveling east on County Road 630. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 930 Co Rd 630, Frostproof FL 33843, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 16 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Indian Burial Mound (approx. 1.6 miles away); Surveyor's Lake Schoolhouse (approx. 10.7 miles away); Old Indian Trails (approx. 11 miles away); Sumica Fort Gardiner (approx. 15.3 miles away).
More about this marker. The marker is mounted parallel with the road and can be difficult to spot. The reverse of the marker is blank, which is unusual for a free standing marker.
Regarding Site of Fort Clinch. General Duncan Lamont Clinch (1787-1849 ) served in the 1st and 2nd Seminole Indian Wars and was very popular with his men. Thus three period Florida forts were named for him. In addition to this fort in Polk County (Est. 1850), there was Ft. Clinch at the mouth of the Withlacoochee River (Est.1836) in what is now Levy County and the most famous Ft. Clinch (Est. 1847) still stands in Nassau County.
Polk County's Ft. Clinch was established January 13, 1850 on the shore of what was then Lake Mocha Popka. This fort was a stockade which consisted of six or seven buildings. The fort was abandoned by the military June 8, 1850.
Sources: Gray, James M. Florida Forts. Polk County Historical and Genealogical Library. 1972. Call#FLA623G779.
Mahon, John K. History of the Second Seminole War. University of Florida Press, Gainesville, Fl. 1967.
Roberts, Robert B. Encyclopedia of Historic Forts: The Military, Pioneer, and Trading Posts of the United States. Macmillan Publishing Co. NY. 1988.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 23, 2019. It was originally submitted on June 9, 2016, by Dean Moss McCracken of Lakeland, Florida. This page has been viewed 872 times since then and 153 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on June 9, 2016, by Dean Moss McCracken of Lakeland, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.