2019 Fort Chokonikla Encampment Reenactment
Join us for the 12th Annual Fort Chokonikla Encampment Reenactment on March 9-10, 2019 at the Payne’s Creek Historic State Park at Bowling Green, Florida. The encampment and reenactment takes place on the actual site of Payne’s Creek trade store massacre, and of Ft. Chokonikla, which was built shortly after. The park’s signature Fort Chokonikla Encampment Reenactment event runs from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm on both days with reenactments scheduled at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm.
Battle of the Loxahatchee Reenactment
The Fort Chokonikla Encampment Reenactment, which is recreated by staff and volunteers, reveals the sequence of events that occurred on July 17, 1849. During the 1840s, tensions between the settlers and Seminole Indians, which had been building over the years, prompted authorities to establish a trading post in Florida’s interior. Built in early 1849, the Kennedy-Darling Trading Post was attacked and destroyed by a small group of renegade Indians later that summer.
In late 1849, Fort Chokonikla was built in close proximity to the trading post as the first outpost in a chain of forts established to control the Seminoles in Florida. The story comes to life through living history narration providing a wonderful learning experience for the entire family.
The Fort Chokonikla Encampment Reenactment features black powder demonstrations, period-specific arts and crafts vendors, and children’s activities. Food vendors will be on site to provide barbeque sandwiches, ice cream and refreshments.
Fort Chokonikla Encampment Mini-Gallery
Admission: $5.00 per vehicle
($2.00 event fee + $3.00 regular fee per vehicle)
Event Hours & Schedule: Saturday & Sunday
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Park Open
11:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m. Reenactment
Paynes Creek Historic State Park
888 Lake Branch Road
Bowling Green, FL 33834
Phone: (863) 375-4717
For More Information, contact park at (863) 375-4717
Mark your calendar today so you don’t forget the next Fort Chokonikla Encampment Reenactment in February at the Payne’s Creek Historic State Park at Bowling Green, Florida.
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