|On December 25, 1837, a force of 2,000 U.S. Army Soldiers and Alabama Volunteers arrived near this spot to construct a fort which was aptly named, Fort Christmas. This fort was only one of over 200 forts built during the Second Seminole Indian War, 1835 - 1842. The fort houses exhibits and a video presentation on the Seminole Indian Wars.||Visit the full size replica of Fort Christmas. Seven restored historical homes preserve the 'Cracker' architecture of East Orange County. The houses are interpreted to show pioneer life from the 1870s through the 1930s. Key themes are homesteading, cattle, citrus, hunting, fishing and trapping. The Fort Christmas Historical Society and Orange County Parks and Recreation Division.|
|The Park has three picnic pavilions two of which seat 100 people and one which seats 50 people. Each pavilion has a large barbeque grill, electrical outlets and water hose. For pavilion rental please call. There is a playground with swings, slide, a fort looking jungle gym, and an area for small children. There is a basketball court, tennis court and a small baseball field.|
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Fort Christmas Historical Park
1300 North Fort Christmas Road (C.R. 420)
Christmas, Florida 32709
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Cowboy & Pioneer Reunion
Last Saturday in January, 10am - 2 pm — Descendants of East Orange Pioneers and friends of the Christmas Community gather to share their heritage. Check your genealogy. Cowboys tell stories. Bring a covered dish to share, door prizes.
Florida Living History Festival
February 3, 4 & 5, 2015
See history come to life with authentic and educational camps.
First-hand view of what was happening in Florida from 1400s to early 1900s.
Cost: $6.00 a person.
The Orlando Wetlands Festival - February.
A family focused festival with lots of nature and outdoor activities.
It will originate here at Fort Christmas Historical Park. -- DETAILS
The weekend before Easter and the last weekend in October
Soldiers set up camp in front of the Fort and tell about the 2nd Seminole Indian War, Programs at 12:30pm and 2:30pm in the Fort. Musket and cannon firing demonstrations.
November 21 & 22, 2015
Bluegrass and Craft Festival
March (third weekend)*
10am - 4pm, Entrance is free, Bring a lawn chair to sit in and enjoy the music, bands in the past have been: Moonlite Express, County Line, Seminole Ridge & New River. BBQ for sale, homemade ice cream, craft fair. Sorry, no camping.
April* ON HOLD - TBD
9:00am - 5:00pm -- Great food. FFA BBQ Cook-offs & Bake-off. Jack Pot Cow Show, Young Poultry Show, Lamb Show, Antique Tractor Exhibit, Florida and Wildlife: Archery in the Schools, Informational Displays, Orange County Cattlemen will be selling some great food, Brooks Brothers Alligator Farm, Orange County Farm Bureau Freeze Brand Demonstration, Orange County Cooperative Extension Diplays, and lots more.
First weekend in December* 10am - 4pm, Entrance is free, free parking across the road from the park. BBQ pork sandwiches, chicken filets, community groups have baked goods, drinks, hotdogs, gator, sweet pickles, etc. Pioneer demonstrations - broom making, blacksmiths, basket weaving, rope making, spinning, quilting, lace making, wood carving, and many more. Santa Claus 1pm - 3pm both days, large craft fair with over 150 crafters with handmade items, the Christmas Post Office will have a booth so you can get your Christmas cards hand stamped, antique engine and tractor display, and much more.
Photos of a Cracker Christmas.
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A Pictoral History
Hard copies are $25.00 each
Soft copies are $20.00 each
We will do mail order if you send a check made out to FCHS (Fort Christmas Historical Society) and add $6.50 for shipping for one book. If you want more than 1 copy please call for prices.
Mail to: Fort Christmas Historical Park
1300 North Fort Christmas Road
Christmas, Fl 32709
Cowboy Reunion January 24, 2015 Orlando Wetlands February 15, 2015 Bluegrass Festival March 21 & 22, 2015 Militia Encampment March 28 & 29, 2015 Ag Festival ON HOLD Militia Encampment November 21 & 22, 2015 Cracker Christmas December 5 & 6, 2015
*Please check the NBBD Calendar of Events for exact dates.
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