1876 Cow Camp Living History Reenactment

Cow Hunter standing under chikee.

Walk back in time...

As you meander down the trail to the Cow Camp, you travel back in time to 1876.  At the end of the trail you will find a Florida Cow Hunter in a frontier camp nestled under a picturesque oak hammock within the route of the cattle drive. The cow hunter will be cooking, making coffee, tending to the cattle, or just resting up, until he has caught the cows in the area and moves to the next cow camp. 

Cow Camp

Year round, there were long cattle drives to Punta Rassa, on the west coast of Florida near Fort Myers. There, the cows were loaded aboard ships and sent to Cuba. The Cow Hunters were paid in Spanish gold Doubloons, this became common currency of the South Florida frontier. Sit down by the camp fire, have a cup of the cow hunter special made coffee.

Embrace in the rich history of the Florida Scrub Cows that roamed wild all over Florida, and the hardships of the Florida Cracker Cow Hunters men had to endure on the open trail. 

Cow Camp Hours:

  • October 1st – May 1st  every Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Open on Holidays (except Christmas Day) from 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Cow Camp is available upon request year-round for groups of 15 or more.  Please call the ranger station at 863-696-1112 for more information.