Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Ocean Pond - A Landmark of the Battle of Olustee, Florida
This video slideshow gives you the chance to see Ocean Pond at Olustee, Florida. I took these photos in June 2012.
Ocean Pond is a two-mile wide sheet of water in the Osceola National Forest. The Battle of Olustee, which took place just to the south 150 years ago this month, is sometimes called the Battle of Ocean Pond.
The original Confederate line, in fact, stretched from the south shore of Ocean Pond south to a swampy area just below Olustee Station (today's Olustee).
The pond is a popular recreation spot today, with national forest park areas that offer camping, boating, fishing, picnicking, a beach, swimming and more. It is a great place for enjoying a taste of the "real Florida" and is popular with birders and others who enjoy spending time in the great outdoors.
To learn more about the battle of Olustee, please visit www.exploresouthernhistory.com/olustee.
To learn more about Ocean Pond, please visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/osceola/recarea/?recid=75104