supplied by Matt Overton
Foster, replaced an earlier fort that was named Fort Alabama. It stands
to guard the bridge that crosses the Hillsborough River on the Fort King
Fort King Military Rd is an important artery connecting Fort Brooke at
Tampa Bay to Fort King ( at present day Ocala).
Foster's front gate
Seminoles have tried many times to burn this bridge and generally harass
the poor hard working soldiers of this fort. The soldiers are trying to
keep the Seminoles south of the Hillsborough River as they agreed to do.
crossing the Hillsborough River on the Fort King Military Rd.
fort is way to small for the amount of soldiers present.
of them have to sleep in tents outside the fort walls.
is very hard for these soldiers. They are harassed by the Seminoles and
have to live in cramped quarters, a very damp environment, hot weather,
and hoards of mosquitoes and flies, all add to their misery. It is generally
a very unhealthy place. Lots of them are overcome by sickness and disease.
soldiers bunk in the Blockhouse
of the soldiers sleep in tents outside the fort walls.
enlisted men's blockhouse
the bridge on the Fort King Military Rd.
sallyport faces the cannon toward the bridge.
of the bridge from the fort
is said that when Fort Alabama was abandoned in April 1836 that before
leaving the Alabama volunteers booby-trapped the powder magazine. They
rigged a riffle to go off when the door was opened which in turn would
set off a keg of powder. They say the soldiers had hardly gone two miles
when they heard the explosion. They later learned that at least three Seminoles
were killed by the blast.
Quatermasters supply house
much research Fort Foster and the bridge it protected have been authentically
reconstructed by Florida's division of Recreation and Parks. It sits on
the original site.
special weekends the fort is garrisoned by soldiers performing their duties
at the fort. Wearing authentic uniforms the soldiers will gladly share
their personal views of the second Seminole War and their life as a soldier
in a frontier Florida Fort. One such event is the Fort Foster Rendezvous,
held each February, it is open to the public.
Fort is part of the Hillsborough River State Park
more information you can contact
River State Park
US 301 North
more information about the Florida Frontier and the Seminole Wars check
out these LINKS
Foster Living History Garrison
Foster Second Seminole War (1835-1842)
War Reenacting Forum
of the Florida Territory during the Seminole Wars
Florida Frontiersmen's Scouts at Ft. Foster