Ranger Programs at Dade Battlefield Historic State Park
RANGER HISTORY PROGRAM/LIVE FIRING DEMONSTRATION
Dade Battlefield Historic State Park
November through April. Saturdays at 10:30 a.m.
Join a park ranger for a fascinating look into Florida frontier life and the dramatic historical events surrounding the 1835 clash that occurred here at Dade Battlefield, instigating the long and costly Second Seminole War. Park rangers will demonstrate the firing of a historic weapon using replicas of those that would have been used at the time of the Dade Battle. Learn the origins of phrases like, “keep your power dry,” “don’t go off half-cocked,” “lock, stock and barrel,” and “a flash in the pan.” Find out how the Seminoles actually enjoyed a technological advantage in weaponry over their U.S. Army opponents.
Meet at the breastworks in front of the park’s Visitor Center/museum. Firing demonstrations are weather-permitting. History talks will take place inside the museum in inclement weather.