Each time I drive back to the Daytona Beach area after visiting my sister in Tallahasse I want to stop off at the Olustee Battlefield. But it seems as though it's alway raining and we don't get to make the stop. This week, on our way home from our Christmas trip over there, we finally got a chance to stop and check out the battlefield.
The Olustee Battlefield is the site of the largest Civil War battle in the state of Florida. It was a Confederate victory, but there were some 2,800 lives lost during the battle. Each year they do re-enactments so if you are in the area during that time you can check that out, too. In February 2014, they are doing a special 150 year anniversary re-enactment.
The Olustee Battlefield offers a one mile walk along the battlefield. What a beautiful nature walk that is! Set in the pine trees and surrounded by nature. I loved it! That walk offers interpretive signs along the way. You could take a stroller or wheelchair on the path, providing it is not rainy/muddy. It is a nicely maintained trail that goes into a big circle on the battlefield.
They also have a small museum that provides additional battlefield information and some monuments.
It was great to be able to check out the Olustee Battlefield. It's a beautiful natural setting that is rich with history. I highly recommend stopping by to take the one mile walk. This is a family friendly place that combines nature and history!
Here are some pictures from our visit to the Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park: