It’s been a week since my last blog so it’s about time I let you know we’re still around, still in Sumter Oaks RV Park by Bushnell in Central Florida. We’ll be here until Thursday but don’t have a clue where we will go when we check out. Have to give it some thought. All this week we’ve just been taking it easy, staying home a lot, nothing much to blog about.
On Monday we did make a return visit to the Webster Flea Market. It was cold but that didn’t stop the vendors and the shoppers from being there.One day we took a drive south to check out an RV Resort we wanted to see. On the way there we saw this birthday cake water tower. Publix is the major grocery store chain around here and this cake tower is at their headquarters. And this is citrus county, the roads were busy with trucks of fresh picked oranges. As we were driving we passed a sign for Paynes Creek Historic State Park so decided to check it out. This is the site where Fort Chokonikla (1849) once stood.as well as some other sites significant to Florida history. It’s a small park, no campground, but there are several hiking trails. We walked one of them. The trail brought us to Paynes Creek which was quite swollen from recent rains. Today we visited Dade Battlefield Historic State Park. This is another small park, no campground. This park features a historic battlefield significant to the Seminole Wars. Here, in 1835, 108 US Troops and officers marching from Fort Brook in Tampa to reinforce Fort Brook at Ocala were attacked by 180 Seminole warriors. All but three of the soldiers were killed.
We watched a 12 minute video in the visitor center about the battle and then went for a hike on a trail that follows a stretch of the historic Fort King Military Road where there are interpretive signs and monuments to Major Dade and his troops.
Also in this park is a beautiful 250 year old Live Oak tree.
- Parking at Webster Flea Market: $2
- Paynes Creek Historic State Park admission fee: $3
- Dade Battlefield Historic State Park admission fee: $3