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Discover Florida’s Historic Camp Blanding Museum

November 23, 2018 by Corey A Edwards

Camp Blanding Museum  and Memorial ParkCamp Blanding was a major U.S. Army training facility during WWII. Now it is a fascinating military museum right here in Starke – the Camp Blanding Museum and Memorial Park.

Camp Blanding opened in 1939 as a state-owned, Florida National Guard training facility. When World War II broke out, however, Camp Blanding was enlarged and converted to a federal reserve.

Hundreds of thousands of troops trained at Camp Blanding during WWII. 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 – more famously referred to as The Big Red One.

Camp Blanding served as an Infantry Replacement Center for most of 1944 and 1945. A large percentage of the soldiers who replenished combat infantry ranks during WWII trained here. The Camp was also home to a 2800-bed hospital and a German POW Compound. Near the end of WWII, it also served as a Separation Center.

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2018 Florida Gators Football Schedule – Home Game Lodging

August 17, 2018 by Corey A Edwards

2018 Florida Gators Football ScheduleFootball season is right around the corner and the 2018 Florida Gators football schedule is out. If you’re looking for Gators home game lodging for the 2018 season, look no farther than Hampton Lake Bed & Breakfast!

Catching these exciting Southeastern Conference games in person is a great experience and Ben Hill Griffin Stadium is a great venue. “The Swamp,” as the stadium is also affectionately known, is Florida’s largest stadium. There isn’t a single bad seat in the state-of-the-art facility, though visiting teams know it as one of the toughest college football environments around.

7 of the 13 games in the 2018 Florida Gators football schedule are home games that will be played at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. September 1st, 8th, 15th, October 6th, November 3rd, 10th, and 17th are all Gators home games. Add in Gator Growl (November 2-8) and you have a whole host of reasons to visit North Central Florida this fall!

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Visit Camp Blanding Museum

November 24, 2017 by Corey A Edwards

Camp Blanding MuseumCamp Blanding Museum and Memorial Park, in Starke, FL, is a fascinating military museum complete with monuments, exhibits, and military vehicles from all eras and conflicts.

Camp Blanding is a historic and still active North Florida National Guard installation bustling with activity and troops. Just outside the main gate, however, in a 1940s-era guest barracks, resides Camp Blanding Museum and Memorial Park.

Camp Blanding Museum traces the history of both Camp Blanding and the Florida National Guard. The two-story building is surrounded by massive armaments from World War II. These include an M3 Half-Track, and an M16 Half-Track, and an M4 Sherman Tank. Wow!

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Living The Wildlife At Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park

November 17, 2017 by Corey A Edwards

Living The Wildlife At Paynes Prairie Preserve State ParkPaynes Prairie Preserve State Park is an unusual Florida State park chock full of amazing wildlife like alligators, bison, and some 300 species of birds!

People come to Florida for lots of reasons but one of the top reasons given is our amazing wildlife. The state is home to a colorful array of mammals, birds, reptiles, fish, amphibians, and others. Getting out and seeing some of our state’s unique inhabitants up close in their natural habitat is a truly worthwhile experience.

Paynes Prairie Preserve is as interesting as many of our wild neighbors – and a great place to get out and see them! The park is biologically, geologically, and historically unique.

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Get Set for UF Homecoming 2017 and Gator Growl Week!

September 8, 2017 by Corey A Edwards

UF Homecoming and Gator Growl 2017UF Homecoming and Gator Growl 2017 are just weeks away: October 1st through the 7th, 2017. This year promises plenty of traditional fun and excitement with a homecoming game against the LSU Tigers and big name entertainment from Snoop Dogg and Grammy Award winning breakout musician, Daya!

There’s nothing quite like the fun of University of Florida’s Homecoming and Gator Growl Week. The excitement of the homecoming game is further amped-up by a week of fun activities like Homecoming Parade, Soulfest, Tailgate, and so much more.

Gator Growl has the distinction of being the biggest student-run pep rally in the nation. The inclusion of super-star entertainers like Snoop Dogg and Daya only heighten the excitement and anticipation.

So go ahead: come on out and show your pride and spirit for the University of Florida during the 2017 UF Homecoming and Gator Growl Week!

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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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Discover Relaxation and Recreation At Hampton Lake Florida

August 22, 2016 by Corey A Edwards

Relax and recreate at Hampton Lake FloridaHampton Lake, located between between Gainesville and Jacksonville, Florida, is an 822-acre, natural cypress lake. Its cool, spring-fed waters are perfect for all kinds of recreating and relaxing.

Just 7 miles south of Starke, Fl on Highway 301, Hampton Lake is an oasis for those looking to cool off and relax. Fishing, swimming, and spectacular sunsets are just the beginning. Beyond exciting fishing retreats for bass and bream, the public boat ramp gives access to the lake’s surface.

Our Florida lakefront B&B, Hampton Lake Bed & Breakfast, is here, nestled on 60 acres of open field with 180 feet of waterfront and a dock. A stay with us opens up opportunities to stroll through the fields, fish off the dock, take a swim, or just relax to the sounds of nature.

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