Bad Axes of Fort King

14 Mar

Thanks to the Ocala Star Banner for today’s article on the fort reconstruction.  If you missed it, check it out here:  http://ocala.com/news/20170313/project-to-build-replica-of-fort-king-gains-steam.   Project planning for the fort is gaining momentum and we hope to get underway within the next month or so.

From a programming standpoint, we are kicking off the Bad Axes of Fort King league on Saturday March 18th.   If you think you are a Bad Axe, come out and join the club.   See below for more information.

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Fort King Heritage Association to host Annual Meetings

25 Oct

Annual Meeting of Members of the Corporation

The Fort King Heritage Association will hold its Annual Meeting of the Members at 2 p.m. Thursday, November 3, 2016, at the Fort King National Historic Landmark Heritage Center.   The organization is inviting all members in good standing and all other interested parties to attend.

Meeting Location:  Fort King National Historic Landmark Heritage Center

3925 East Fort King Street, Ocala, FL ~ (352) 368-5535

Annual Meeting of the Board of Directors

The Fort King Heritage Association will hold its Annual Meeting of the Board of Directors on Thursday, November 3, 2016, immediately following its Annual Meeting of Members of the Corporation, at the Fort King National Historic Landmark Heritage Center.

Fall Programs at Fort King

5 Jul

There is an exciting new line-up of programs at the Fort King National Historic Landmark.  For those programs that require advanced registration, you can register on-line.

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Upcoming Program – Soap Making

19 May

Soap Making

The Resurrection of Fort King

14 May

May 12, 2016

For Immediate Release

The Resurrection Of Fort King


The Fort King Heritage Association, Inc. (FKHA) has announced the launch of their Buy A Log, Build A Fort campaign to raise funds to rebuild Ocala’s historic Fort King. Once the southern command for the U.S. Army during the Second Seminole War (1835-1842) the fort was designated the county seat of Marion County in 1844 and served as the county’s first court-house. Located just east of 36th Avenue on Fort King Street, the 42 acre site is jointly owned by the City of Ocala and Marion County and was purchased through a grant from the Florida Communities Trust.  It was designated a National Historical Landmark by the National Park Service in 2004.  Today the site operates daily as a city park, with amenities including picnic tables, a one mile interpretive walking trail, the Fort King Cemetery, a Visitor’s Center complete with artifacts and historical displays, and the spring where the soldiers retrieved their drinking water.

More than fifty historical and educational programs are being developed for both adults and children. School field trips will have the added embellishment of period dressed  docents escorting the kids along the actual remnants of the historic Fort King Road which connected Fort King with Fort Brook in Tampa.

So what’s missing? The Fort! The FKHA, an all volunteer citizen and support group, acquired a $295,000 Florida Historical Preservation Grant. To receive the funds, FKHA must match the grant.  David Laffey, president of FKHA, said “Everyone sells personalized bricks to raise money. We’re selling logs.”  It took approximately 600 logs to form the 150’ by 150’ palisades of the fort. “We’re building a replica of Fort King, therefore we cannot personalize the actual logs. However, donors will be recognized on plaques inside the Visitor’s Center,” Laffey added.  There are three categories of log sales; $250, $500 and the $1,000 Founders Club Log. The Founders Club will be closed once the goal is reached.

“This is a community driven project, and we want the entire community involved. While not everyone can afford a log, we do accept any and all donations.  Many groups and civic clubs are purchasing logs in their group name,” Laffey added.  For more information, visit the official website at www.fkha.org, stop in the Visitor Center at the park (3925 East Fort King Street), or call Fort King at (352) 368-5533.

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Upcoming Program

10 May

If you haven’t had a chance to participate in programs at the Fort King National Historic Landmark, this one would be a good one to light a fire under you!  Join us on Saturday, May 14th from 10 a.m. until noon.    To register, click here.   To stay up to date on the latest programs at Fort King, follow us on Facebook. 

 

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Fort King to be Re-Built (Feature Article)

9 Dec

Check out the feature article on the rebuilding of Fort King in the December/January issue of Family Times Magazine.

(Click on the picture below to read the whole article.)

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Go here to read the complete issue of the December/January issue of Family Times Magazine on-line.

 

Fort King Heritage Association Announces Annual Meetings

2 Nov

Annual Meeting of Members of the Corporation

The Fort King Heritage Association will hold its Annual Meeting of the Members at 2 p.m. Thursday, November 5, 2015, at the Fort King National Historic Landmark Heritage Center.   The organization is inviting all members in good standing and all other interested parties to attend.

Meeting Location:  Fort King National Historic Landmark Heritage Center

3925 East Fort King Street, Ocala, FL ~ (352) 368-5535

Annual Meeting of the Board of Directors

The Fort King Heritage Association will hold its Annual Meeting of the Board of Directors on Thursday, November 5, 2015, immediately following its Annual Meeting of Members of the Corporation, at the Fort King National Historic Landmark Heritage Center.

Fort King Messenger – October 2015

21 Oct

The Fort King Heritage Association has published the second issue of the FORT KING MESSENGER.    TheFort King Newsletter October 2015_Page_1 Messenger is a quarterly newsletter intended to keep the public informed on the happenings at, and on behalf of, the Fort King National Historic Landmark.

To read a complete version of the newsletter, click on the image to the right.

If you have something to contribute to a future newsletter, please send us an email at FKHA.FortKing@gmail.com and we will put the editor in touch with you.

Fort King Heritage Association to Host Master Plan Community Meeting

25 Sep

The Fort King Heritage Association, Inc. will host a community meeting on Thursday, October 1, 2015 at 6 p.m. at the Fort King National Historic Landmark located at 3925 E. Fort King Street, Ocala, Florida.  The purpose of the meeting is to discuss updates to the Fort King National Historic Landmark Master Plan.   The public is welcome to attend.

The Fort King National Historic Landmark is owned jointly by the City of Ocala and Marion County, and is operated by the City of Ocala.  The Fort King Heritage Association, Inc. advises the City and County on issues related to master planning and historical perspective.

For additional information, call (352) 368-5535.