The Fort King Heritage Association held their annual meeting of the members and annual directors’ meeting on November 7, 2013. On the business agenda was election of new officers. Henry Sheldon was elected as President, Morrey Deen as Vice President, David Laffey as Treasurer and Sandy Clardy as Secretary.
In his opening statement as new president, Henry Sheldon stated that his goal as president of the association was to assist the City and County in getting the property open for the public; to provide access to the community’s most important historic resource.
The City of Ocala is in the midst of renovating the old McCall homestead at the site for use as a visitors center and volunteer hub. Those renovations should be completed by January 2014. In addition, the City and Marion County have jointly funded upcoming park improvements that include picnic facilities and an interpretive historic walking tour. The completion of these park improvements sometime in 2014 will open the gates for controlled public access to the park.
Also approved at the November director’s meeting was election of Pamela Stafford as a Trustee to the Fort King Heritage Association. Pamela was a driving force behind the designation of Fort King as a National Historic Landmark and was instrumental in formation of the Fort King Heritage Association.
The Fort King Heritage Association is a citizen advisory and fundraising board whose purpose is to fund, design and construct future park improvements at Fort King. If you would like to get involved with the Fort King National Historic Landmark Living History project, please consider becoming a Friend of the Fort. Whether your contribution is time or monetary, your assistance will help share the national significance of our local heritage.