Ocala Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution

History of Ocala

"Horse Capital of the World"

Chief Osceola, leader of Seminole Indians

Ocala is located in Marion County, Florida, and is about a one hour ride to either the Gulf of Mexico or the Atlantic Ocean.It is described as the Kentucky of Marion County because of the many horse farms.

To find out more about Marion County-Ocala visit: Wikipedia/Ocala

Florida is home to some 600 thoroughbred farms and training centers, with more than 75 percent of these located near Ocala in Marion County. Ocala is one of only four major thoroughbred breeding and training centers in the world.

Fort King, designated "National Historical Landmark" Feb. 4, 2004 

Supported by the Ocala Chapter DAR since 1927

On February 4, 2004, “Fort King” was designated a National Historic Landmark. This includes the acre owned by the Ocala Chapter DAR. Fort King has had a long association with the Ocala Chapter, dating back to October 24,1927. On that date, the Ocala Chapter DAR voted to purchase one acre of land which was the original site of the “Fort King Military Reservation Memorial Ground.” It was on this site that soldiers and settlers were buried during the Seminole Wars. After these wars, the bodies were removed from the Military Reservation to the National Cemetery at St. Augustine, Florida.

By purchasing this property, the Ocala Chapter DAR agreed to establish and maintain a fitting memorial in honor and remembrance of the soldiers who served their country during the Seminole Indian Wars at Fort King, Ocala, Florida.

In 1932, after many fund raising events, members of Ocala Chapter had the area cleared, and cement posts placed to mark boundaries. In March 1932, a "Bronze Marker" was placed to commemorate the bicentennial of George Washington’s birth, and recently this marker was moved to the Ocala/Marion County Veterans Park.

On May 14, 1932, after seven years' work, a boulder of blue Georgia granite, in the shape Profile-History.htmlof a truncated pyramid, was placed on the site with a bronze tablet affixed to it. The tablet states, "Fort King was the birthplace of what is now known as the City of Ocala, named for the extinct Timucuan Indians who lived here at the time. They called their village "Ocali," and most historians commonly thought to mean "Big Hammock." "

In October 1997, the Ocala Chapter DAR reaffirmed its pledge to forever hold and maintain the Fort King site as a Historic Memorial site by erecting a lighted flag pole which flies the flag of the United States of America, day and night, as a tribute to those who have fought and died for our country.

On May 8, 2008, the City of Ocala received a grant for $46,000 awarded by the Bureau of Historic Preservation. This grant was used for archeological studies. These studies were completed at the Fort King site, and identified where the original Fort King Road, blacksmith shop, stable, mercantile store, battlefields, and peace talk negotiation sites were located. This step was necessary to achieve the ultimate goal of having Fort King designated as a National Park.

Please contact Gloria Seddon who is in charge of Fort King and DAR Site!

Fort King Web Sites      http://fkha.org/

                                  http://marioncountyarchaeology.com/fortking/fortking.htm

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Roberta Abraben Ocala Regent

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