OCALA, Fla. — A full-scale replica of a fort used by the U.S. Army and early Florida settlers is being built at Fort King National Historic Landmark.
The Ocala Star-Banner reports that the original Fort King was used nearly 190 years ago and during subsequent Seminole wars.
Some 850 16-foot-long logs will make up the fort’s walls and front gate.
Ocala outdoor historic resources program coordinator Keifer Calkins says the fort was arguably the most important interior fort in Florida in its day.
In 1835, Seminole Chief Osceola along with others killed Indian Agent Wiley Thompson at Fort King, setting off the Second Seminole War.
Construction is scheduled to be completed in October, with a reenactment in December including the Seminole attack that destroyed the original.
Information from: Ocala (Fla.) Star-Banner, http://www.starbanner.com/