Preserving the Past & Protecting the Land

 

 

The swamp into which the Seminoles lured the soldiers and the Tennessee Volunteers.

The Loxahatchee River Battlefield Park is the site of the last great battle of the Second Seminole War. On January 24, 1838, Major General Thomas S. Jessup, accompanied by 1500 troops, stormed the headwaters of the Loxahatchee River where he met 300 Seminoles in battle. When Jessup's army came into Jupiter in 1838 it was the largest army assembled during the seven year war and the battle would be known as the Battle of the Loxahatchee River. That battle was the second to occur here within nine days. In the first battle, on January 15, 1838, Lt. Levin M. Powell of the U. S. Navy, with fifty-five sailors and twenty-five soldiers was routed by the Seminoles.

Originally the Loxahatchee River Battlefield Park was a part of the larger adjoining Riverbend Park. Through the efforts of the Loxahatchee Battlefield Preservationists, particularly member author historian Richard Procyk, the county agreed to separate the 64 acres that comprises the battlefield into a park of it痴 own. The new designation was approved by the county commission on November 18, 2010 and the Battlefield Park became it痴 own entity.

While visiting the Loxahatchee River Battlefield Park be sure to also avail yourself of all that Riverbend Park has to offer. Riverbend Park is considered by most to be a jewel in Palm Beach County's park system. Five miles of waterways and fifteen miles of access roads and trails have been carved into over 680 acres of diverse marsh and subtropical terrain making this park a splendid resource for hiking and bicycling. Self-guided trails are open for hiking and bicycling. Open 7 days a week from sunrise to one hour before sunset.

 

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 Our mission is to preserve, protect, and enhance the Loxahatchee Battlefield and associated cultural resources. Our goals are to adopt the Battlefield, provide educational opportunities, raise funds, and establish a working relationship with Palm Beach County in perpetuating the Second Seminole War history and the valuable resources within the Loxahatchee River Battlefield Park.  Trails, exhibits, and a historical museum are planned, along with historical re-enactments, living history programs, and guided tours.

 

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