Manny Perez, Park Manager
Summer is a great time to explore and become acquainted with Florida's oldest state park and one of Florida's largest Civil War battles. Bring a picnic lunch, take a hike on our trails and learn about our famous Battlefield by mingling with Civil War Reenactors, living historians, period artisans, and sulters at the Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park during the Battle Reenactment every February. Throughout the weekend, more than 2,000 demonstrators will present living history impressions of military and civilian life at the time of Florida’s largest Civil War battle.
The 155th Anniversary of the Civil War and the 43rd Annual Reenactment will take place February 15, 16 & 17, 2019
The Battle of Olustee was fought on Feb. 20, 1864. Full-scale artillery, mounted cavalry and three African American regiments, took part in the battle that ended with 2,807 casualties and a Confederate victory. The 54th Massachusetts was among the African American troops that fought at Olustee.
The living history weekend features a Civil War-era battle reenactment on Saturday at 3:30 p.m., as well as the reenactment of the Battle of Olustee on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Period music concerts and crafts, lectures, battlefield surgical practices and the lives of civilians during the war will be portrayed by re-enactors. Military camps and drills by infantry and artillery are scheduled throughout the weekend. Color ceremonies, Cavalry, Authentic camps, exhibits, food and much more.
On Friday, Feb. 15, educational programs are planned for students. School groups may call (386) 397-7005 to register for the event. Food concessions will be available. Pets are not allowed at the Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park during the reenactment.
The Olustee Battle Civil War Reenactment is sponsored by the Florida Park Service, U.S.D.A. Forest Service, Olustee Battlefield Citizen Support Organization and The Blue Grey Army of Florida, Inc.
The Battle Reenactment has been named a "Top 20 Event in the Southeast" by the Southeastern Tourism Society! For more information visit http://www.battleofolustee.org
You can visit the park year round and hike the historic grounds, have a picnic lunch and visit the Interpretive Center to view exhibits with artifacts and interpretive panels that tell the story of the campaign that led up to the Battle of Olustee or watch a short video documentary on the reenactment.
Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park is centrally located to quite a few of Florida’s awe-inspiring state parks. Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park, Big Shoals State Park, Suwannee River State Park, Suwannee River Wilderness Trail, Fort Clinch, Dudley Farm Historic State Park, Ichetucknee Springs State Park, and O’Leno River State Park just to name just a few!