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Fort Tour Schedule Change: Until further notice, tours of Fort Foster will be offered every other Saturday at 2 pm, and Sunday at 11 am, beginning 07/18/15.
The Officer's Quarters Blockhouse
The Cannon at Fort Foster Historic Site
Aerial View of Fort Foster Facing South
Aerial View of Fort Foster Facing West
The Fort Foster Rendezvous
Musket Fire During the Candlelight Event
An exterior view of the wood timbers that make up the two-story, blockhouse at Fort Foster Historic Site.
A large cannon on a raised wooden boardwalk can be seen in the foreground.  Tall wooden pickets form the fort walls with a two-story, wood, blockhouse, in the background.
A panoramic aerial view of Fort Foster Historic Site.  A large grassy field can be seen in the foreground with the entire view of Fort Foster in the background.
A panoramic aerial view of Fort Foster Historic Site.  The fort can be seen in the foreground with a heavy tree line and the wooden bridge over the Hillsborough River in the background
A panoramic view of reenactors addressing a large crowd at the Fort Foster Rendezvous.  The reenactors are standing in a large open field, with the crowd facing them from the left, and the walls to Fort Foster are in the background.
A rifle extends outside the walls of Fort Foster during a nighttime event.  Yellow and orange fire can be seen emitting from the barrel of the rifle.

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Fort Foster State Historic Site

Welcome to Fort Foster State Historic Site

Fort Foster State Historic Site is part of Hillsborough River State Park, though located on the East Side of US 301 from the park. Fort Foster State Historic Site is a reproduction of a fort originally built on the same grounds in December 1836, by Col. William S. Foster and his 430 men. During the Second Seminole War the purpose of Fort Foster was to defend the bridge crossing at the Hillsborough River and act as a resupply point for the soldiers in the field. The fort was garrisoned on and off from December, 1836 – April, 1838. Although the fort was attacked on several occasions, the worst attack occurred in February 1836, when a small group of Seminoles attempted to set fire to the bridge. The attempt was thwarted by aggressive musket and cannon fire from the fifty or so U.S. Navy sailors and the 20 artillery men within the fort.

Today, park staff and reenactors provide living history demonstrations of life at Fort Foster. Each year, the site offers two living history events: Fort Foster Rendezvous in February, and the Candlelight Experience at Fort Foster in December.

IMPORTANT MESSAGE: The fort was designed for war and not built to modern safety standards. Rough terrain, uneven floors and blockhouse stairs can be hazardous. Please remain aware of your surroundings as you tour. In particular, pay close attention to small children.

Help preserve the fort by not climbing, sitting, touching or placing any items on the cannons. The fort and its artifacts may look durable but they are subject to wear and tear. The Florida Park Service cares for special places so that all may experience our Florida heritage.

Interpretive Center

Accessible from parking lot #1, at Hillsborough River State Park, this center houses over 100 artifacts on display that were found at the Fort Foster Historic Site. Exhibits offer an understanding of both sides of the conflict between the Seminole nation and the US military. The center is open daily, from 8am - 5pm.

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