Fort King was constructed in 1827. It was the location where government officials told the Seminoles to leave Florida or risk being removed by force. Undeterred by the threat, Osceola and his warriors engaged them in what was the start of the Second Seminole War.
The Fort King Heritage Association (FKHA) was recently incorporated to promote, preserve and protect the historic Fort King property, located in eastern Ocala.
On March 20, the Board of County Commissioners and City of Ocala entered into a Memorandum of Understanding which formally recognizes the group. This agreement allows them to fundraise and plan for the future of the property, including whether or not a replica of the fort will be reconstructed.
The group is looking for volunteers interested in assisting with:
Site Clean Up
If you are interested, you are welcome to attend the monthly meetings, held on the first Thursday of each month at 2 p.m. at the Marion County Parks and Recreation Department, located at 111 SE 25 Avenue in Ocala. For more information, please contact FKHA President, Pamela Stafford at 352-237-5332.