Monthly Archives: September 2016

Let Us Be Your Florida Gators Home Game Lodging

September 23, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Florida Gators Home Game LodgingLooking for home game accommodations for the remaining 2016 UF football season? Hampton Lake Bed & Breakfast in Starke, FL is your answer to all your Florida Gators home game lodging needs.

Coming to watch the upcoming Southeastern Conference games at University of Florida’s Ben Hill Griffin Stadium? Great idea! The remaining schedule has 3 such games scheduled and they should be well worth seeing! The Swamp will be rocking when these teams face off against each other on Steve Spurrier-Florida Field. You know you are going to want to be there!

Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, also affectionately referred to as “The Swamp,” is the largest stadium in the state of Florida. The state-of-the-art facility is also considered one of the toughest, if not THE toughest, college football environment for a visiting team. There’s not a bad seat in the house, making it one of the best places to catch the Gators in action.

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Explore Camp Blanding Museum and Memorial Park

September 9, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Explore Camp Blanding Museum and Memorial ParkCamp Blanding: what was a major U.S. Army training facility during WWII is now a fascinating military museum and memorial park in Starke, FL.

Camp Blanding originally opened in 1939 as a state-owned training facility for the Florida National Guard. The world had other ideas, however. Camp Blanding was enlarged and converted to a federal reserve as the U.S. Army expanded for WWII.

Hundreds of thousands of troops trained at Camp Blanding. Infantry, Cavalry, Tank Destroyer, Field Artillery, Engineer, Medical, and other specialist troops trained here. Nine full Infantry Divisions trained here, as well, including the 1st ID (aka the Big Red One), the 29th ID, the 30th ID, the 31st ID, the 36th ID, the 43rd ID, the 63rd ID, the 66th ID, and the 79th ID.

The camp also served as an Infantry Replacement Center for most of 1944 and 1945. A large percentage of U.S. soldiers sent to replenish WWII combat infantry ranks trained here. The Camp also held a 2800-bed hospital and a German POW Compound. Near the war’s end, it also served as a Separation Center.

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