ABOUT THE OKEECHOBEE BATTLEFIELD

The final Battle of Okeechobee has not yet been won.  The National Trust for Public Lands identified the Okeechobee Battlefield as one of America's most endangered historic sites, due to the encroachment by roads, homes and commercial development. The Okeechobee Battlefield was placed on the National Registry of Historic Places in the 1960's, and the 640-acre site is a National Landmark, dedicated in 1939 by a bronze plaque on a concrete block placed by the Daughters of the American Revolution. 

The State of Florida has purchased a 145 acre parcel of the original battlefield as a state park. The Okeechobee Battlefield Historic State Park is in the Unit Plan process thru DEP and the Park Service. The final public hearing for the management plan is tentatively scheduled in late 2009 or early 2010. This plan will give the Park Service direction for development of the Park and documentation for requesting funding from the State legislature.

The Okeechobee Battlefield Friends, Inc are a support organization for the Park and coordinate the Annual Battlefield Re-enactment on this portion of the original battlefield site the first weekend of February. The re-enactment serves to heighten public awareness for this historic battle and the battlefield's plight as we strive to create a battlefield park.  The festival's success is a gauge of the public's willingness to support a future battlefield park and for this we thank all participants.

You Can Help! Support the Okeechobee Battlefield Friends by volunteering to help with the Re-enactment, attending the event, donating funds to support the activities of the Friends, and contacting your legislators to provide funding for development of the Park. Your assistance will be appreciated not only by the Okeechobee Battlefield Friends, but by the future generations who learn of our Florida history thru this historic state park.

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