Sumter County (Florida)
is in West Central Florida
Dade Battlefield Historic State Park is a Florida State Park located on County Road 603 between I-75 (Exit 314) and U.S. 301. The 80 acre park includes 40 acres of pine flatwoods and a live oak hammock. Also called the Dade Massacre site, It preserves the Second Seminole War battlefield where Seminole Indian warriors fought soldiers under the command of Major Francis L. Dade on December 28, 1835. Each year, on the weekend after Christmas (as close to the original date as possible), the Dade Battlefield Society sponsors a reenactment of the battle that started the Second Seminole War. Recreational activities include picnicking, viewing exhibits at the visitor center, and wildlife viewing. Among the wildlife of the park are gopher tortoises, woodpeckers, songbirds, hawks, and indigo snakes. Amenities include a playground, a picnic area with covered shelters, a nature trail, a 6.2 mile FVA (Florida Volksport Association) trail, and a recreation hall.