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Explore Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park

December 13, 2020 by Corey A Edwards

Olustee BattlefieldBoth Civil War buffs and nature lovers will enjoy a visit to Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park in Osceola National Forest. The park commemorates Florida’s largest Civil War battle.

The Battle of Olustee took place on February 20th in 1864, in a pine forest near the town of Olustee, FL. More than 10,000 troops were involved in the conflict, including three “colored” regiments on the Union side.

The 54th Massachusetts, made famous in the 1989 film “Glory,” starring Denzel Washington and Matthew Broderick, was one such regiment. In fact, some scenes from “Glory” were filmed during a reenactment right here in the park!

The Olustee conflict ended after five hours of intense fighting, with 2,807 casualties and the Union troops retreating to Jacksonville. This decisive defeat of the Union at Olustee ended their invasion of Confederate Florida for the remainder of the war.

Olustee Battlefield became Florida’s first state park 48 years later, on October 23, 1912.

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Tour Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park

November 28, 2020 by Corey A Edwards

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State ParkTour the traditional Florida cracker homestead and farm of a Pulitzer Prize winning author at Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park.

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (1896 – 1953) was a novelist and short story writer who published 12 books in her lifetime. “The Yearling” is her best known work. It won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1939 and was made into a major motion picture, starring Jane Wyman and Gregory Peck, in 1946. Other popular titles in her catalog include “Cross Creek,” “South Moon Under,” “Golden Apples,” and “The Sojourner.”

Even more exciting, most of those stories and books were written right here on the veranda!

Rawlings, who hated city life, moved to rural North Central Florida from New York with her husband in 1929. She loved old Florida country living and it infused much of her work. Her memoir, “Cross Creek,” for example, details her daily life at the historic farmstead.

Nothing beats visiting the real place, however. Luckily, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park is just a half hour’s drive from Hampton Lake Bed & Breakfast!

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