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Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park
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Battlefield where the largest Civil War battle occurred in Florida.

We stopped here on our way back to Jacksonville after lunch at Cedar River Seafood in Lake City... read more

Reviewed 9 May 2018
Cruising2by2
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Dated visitor center, nice nature and history trail through battle area

Note: New visitor center in in planning process. The current center is small with a few displays... read more

Reviewed 23 March 2018
Zephyr_Travel
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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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Reviewed 10 March 2014

My wife and I have visited many civil war sites up and down the east coast, and we were excited for the opportunity to visit Olustee Battlefield. It was interesting to read up on the history of the battle as well as the events leading up to it, but as a historic site, there isn't as much to see as other sites we have visited. This likely changes, once a year, when the battlefield comes alive again with reenactors.

Date of experience: March 2014
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Reviewed 6 March 2014

OK, so the state has not invested much in this site of the largest Civil War Battlefield in Florida. But in conjunction with the US Forest Service there is a nice 1 mile walking trail that interprets the battle. A new visitor center is in the works and the staff is more than willing to point interested visitors toward additional sites associated with the fighting.

You need to do a little homework before you come to appreciate the story but if you do and you like walking on Civil War battlefields, this site offers much more than it might seem.

Date of experience: March 2014
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Reviewed 12 September 2013

I’ve been to a few of the larger battlefields, so I knew I wouldn’t get the experience here as I did in Gettysburg or Antietam but this place was lacking. It was the site of really the only major battle in the State of Florida in the Civil War.

It’s in a very rural area, 15 minutes east of Lake City in a part of Osceola Park. When you enter there is a nice sculpture commemorating the battle and a visitor center as well with some artifacts and video/map of the battle field to help you recreate it. Outside you will find a monument to the Union troops killed as well as a few cannons.

There is signage and a trail to follow but most of the area is overgrown and it can be difficult for younger kids to walk around.

Date of experience: September 2013
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Reviewed 16 May 2013

This park is a great place for a historical civil war experience and for a short walk. It is well maintained, nice paths, picnic table area, allows pets and has a small but highly informative museum. We have been back several times already, including the reenactment, which was absolutely fabulous.

Date of experience: November 2012
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Reviewed 8 April 2013

We are not history buffs but like to go to local events. this was amazing. all participants take it very seriously, not just the soldiers but the camp followers and traders are all there and stay in character for the whole weekend living in tents and cooking on open fires. we enjoyed listening to the music and browsing artifacts etc too. not at all touristy. highly recommend

Date of experience: February 2013
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