12th Annual Fort Chokonikla Reenactment

Saturday, March 9 - 10, 2019 9:00 am - 5:00 pm EST
Paynes Creek Historic State Park

888 Lake Branch Road
Bowling Green FL 33834


Park Event Area


$3 per motor vehicle. $2 for pedestrians and bicyclists. NO ADDITIONAL COST for the event.


Join us for the 12th Annual Fort Chokonikla Reenactment!

This signature Fort Chokonikla Encampment Reenactment event runs from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. on both days with reenactments scheduled at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

The encampment and reenactment takes place near the actual site of Paynes Creek trade store massacre and Fort Chokonikla, which was built shortly after. The Fort Chokonikla Reenactment, which is recreated by staff and volunteers, reveals the sequence of events that occurred on July 17, 1849.

During the 1840s, tensions between the settlers and Seminole Indians, which had been building over the years, prompted authorities to establish a trading post in Florida's interior. Built in early 1849, the Kennedy-Darling Trading Post was attacked and later destroyed by a small group of renegade Indians later that summer. In late 1849, Fort Chokonikla was built in close proximity to the trading post as the first outpost in a chain of forts established to control the Seminoles in Florida.

The story comes to life through living history narration providing a wonderful learning experience for the entire family.

The Fort Chokonikla Reenactment features black powder demonstrations, period-specific arts and crafts vendors, and children's activities. Food vendors will be on site to provide refreshments and various forms of food.