Monday, April 20, 2015

Christmas, Florida - April 18, 2015

We had plenty of time to drive to AA's final golf tournament, as our road was being blocked at 8 am for a Florida Strider's Club 8k "Run to the Sun" race. We needed to leave early so looked along the trip route for a long rest break and discovered Christmas, Florida. There really isn't much to this town but there is a park dedicated to the Seminole Indians. It is very nice with historic buildings and a play park.
Here's the historical significance, part of our not so proud USA history when Indians were being moved to relocation lands that they did not want to go to, thus many wars; a fort and "prison" was built: 
On December 25, 1837, a force of 2,000 U.S. Army soldiers and Alabama Volunteers arrived in the area to construct a fort, which they named Fort Christmas. The fort was one of over 200 forts built during the Second Seminole War.

A permanent Christmas tree:
The blockade house is very well made with many exhibits worth spending time to see and read.
The park has a baseball field, many pavilions to "reserve" for parties and a large play ground. All free.
The park was a good discovery, really out of the way, but a great area for the locals.

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