The Seminole Wars Foundation, Inc.

From the Foundation Report:

Fall Member Meeting

A well-attended Fall Member’s Meeting was held at Foundation Headquarters in Dade City on November 8, 2014.  Attendees were treated to several interesting talks, starting with Jeff Hough detailing his research into the location of the Battle of Thonotosassa, which took place on April 27, 1836, after American troops abandoned Ft. Alabama (later Ft. Foster) at the close of Gen. Winfield Scott’s campaign.

    The presentations then shifted to the day’s main theme, the Third Seminole War.  Dr. Joe Knetsch started things off by examining the causes of the war and the events leading up to the outbreak of hostilities.  After lunch, Bill Dayton talked about the Bradley Massacre, which took place just west of Dade City and was the northern-most point of action in the war.  Bill was followed by John Missall, who gave an overview of events for the entire conflict.



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Welcome to the Seminole Wars Foundation


The purpose of the Seminole Wars Foundation is to preserve significant sites involved in the Seminole Wars, to establish educational programs about their importance in our heritage, and to publish pertinent material relating to the wars.
 
Most of the important battlegrounds, forts, roads, Seminole villages, and other significant sites of the wars have been lost. It is vital that the remaining artifacts and history of these important conflicts be found and preserved in order that we may come to understand the struggle between the young and expanding United States and the Seminole Indians, a people who were determined to preserve their way of life and their Florida homelands.

In keeping with our goal of educating the public as to the importance of the Seminole Wars, the Foundation has produced seven historically significant books and several informational pamphlets. Our members also give talks to schools, civic organizations, and the general public, and participate in re-enactments of Seminole War battles.


The Foundation has secured two major historical sites: Camp Izard and Fort Dade, both on the Withlacoochee River in central Florida. Camp Izard was a major battleground of the Second Seminole War, now formally designated the Camp Izard Battlefield Preserve. Fort Dade was an important outpost during the Second Seminole War, and served as Headquarters for a portion of the war. The Foundation has also provided critical support in the acquisition of the Ft. King site in Ocala. 


Preservation of these sites and others related to the Seminole Wars, as well as conservation of green space, will benefit our nation for generations to come. In the future, students, scholars, and the general public may visit these historic places, where history will come alive as they discuss the “issues of the day” concerning the U.S. Government and the Seminole Indians. 

This not-for-profit Foundation is operated for charitable, educational, and civic purposes as well as preservation of natural habitats. Join us in remembering the past, that we may understand the present. 


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Preservation of these sites and others related to the Seminole Wars, as well as conservation of green space, will benefit our nation for generations to come. In the future, students, scholars, and the general public may visit these historic places, where history will come alive as they discuss the “issues of the day” concerning the U.S. Government and the Seminole Indians.


This not-for-profit Foundation is operated for charitable, educational, and civic purposes as well as preservation of natural habitats. Join us in remembering the past, that we may understand the present.


"Attack on the Right" by Jackson Walker

© Jackson Walker Studio



Seminole Wars Historic Foundation, Inc.
dba: Seminole Wars Foundation
Established 1992



Board of Directors

Richard Tombrink, President

Samuel Smith, Secretary

Roger Landers, Vice President

Debbie Harper, Treasurer


Bill Dayton

Ed Geers

Gary Ellis

Harley Gilmore

Tom Brady

Jerry Morris

Mary Lou Missall

John Missall

Steve Rinck

Dale Anne Laumer

Amie Branas

Frank Laumer

 

Joe Naftzinger