2nd annual ‘A Fight for Freedom: Attack on Fort King’ and Fort King Grand Opening!

Join us for this two-day event that will center on the re-enactment of Osceola’s attack on Fort King and the demise of Indian Agent Wiley Thompson, an event that led to the start of the Second Seminole War.

A Seminole village and soldier’s encampment will show what life was life in the 1830’s. Experience time period craft vendors, traditional skills workshops, food, drinks, and games such as tomahawk throwing and horseshoes.

The event is designed to educate, entertain and share the important history of Fort King, the Second Seminole War and the birthplace of Ocala.

Celebrate the grand opening of the reconstructed Fort King!

Admission is $5/person. Veterans and children under 5 are free.

In the winter of 1834 orders were received for the troops at Fort Marion to take up the line of march for Fort King, Seminole Agency. This was to strengthen the force at the Fort under the command of Brigadier D. L. Clinch, pending the negotiations between the Seminole tribe of Indians and the United States Agent, General Thompson.”

So begins the story of Fort King.

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The Fort King National Historic Landmark is located in Ocala, Florida – Marion County. Fort King, which was originally built in 1827, was named for Colonel William King who had commanded the Fourth Infantry before Brevet Brigadier General Duncan L. Clinch. In July 1836, Fort King was abandoned and burned by the Seminoles. In 1837 the second Fort King was built. This site was the military headquarters for most of the Second Seminole War.

Fast forward to just under a couple hundred years…

A vast majority of the Fort King site comes under local government ownership (City of Ocala and Marion County own the property jointly) and on February 24, 2004, Secretary of the Interior, Gale Norton designated Fort King as a National Historic Landmark.

Fort King is operated by the City of Ocala. The Fort King Heritage Association, Inc. is a Florida not-for profit corporation formed to protect, preserve and develop the history of Fort King. The City works closely with the FKHA and with Marion County to further our collective goals to advance an understanding of our heritage through Fort King.

The park is open every day from sunrise to sunset or 7 p.m. (whichever comes first). The Heritage Center is open from noon to 5 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Park amenities include the Heritage Center, interpretive trail and picnic facilities.