Saturday, February 9, 2013

Olustee Festival & Battle Reenactment set for February 15-17

Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park
The annual Olustee Festival and Olustee Battle Reenactments will be held next weekend, February 15th - 17th. The events commemorating the largest Florida battle of the War Between the States.

The Battle of Olustee, also called the Battle of Ocean Pond, was fought on February 20, 1864, when a Union army of more than 5,000 men marched inland from Jacksonville and was defeated in a stand up fight in the open pine woods by a Confederate army of similar size. The site is preserved at Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park.  To learn more about the battle itself, please visit www.exploresouthernhistory.com/olustee.

The Olustee Festival gets under in Lake City on Friday (2/15) at 9 a.m. with a memorial service at Oaklawn Cemetery on West Franklin Street.   There will then be arts, crafts, collectibles, entertainment, food and more on both Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in downtown Lake City.

Events will take place at the battlefield itself on both Saturday and Sunday with the main battle reenactments taking place on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. and Sunday at 1:30 p.m.

You can check out the full schedules of events at www.olusteefestival.com.

Lake City is located at the intersection of US 90 and I-75.  It is 64 miles west of Jacksonville, 105 miles east of Tallahassee, 46 miles north of Gainesville and 104 miles north of The Villages. The Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park is roughly 20 minutes east of downtown Lake City on U.S. 90.  It can also be accessed from Exit #324 (Sanderson/Olustee) on I-10.

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