Fort Cummings

Fort Cummings (HM1SNS)

Location: Lake Alfred, FL 33850 Polk County
Country: United States of America

N 28° 5.438', W 81° 43.785'

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Approximately 1½ miles west of here near the shore of Lake Alfred is the site of
Fort Cummings

Named for Col. Alexander Cummings of the Fourth Infantry. Established January 22, 1839 and occupied by detachments of the First and Second Infantry and the Third Artillery.

Part of the line of forts set up in central Florida to protect the route from Fort Brooke, Tampa to Fort Mellon, Sanford.

One of the dramatic events of the year occurred when Coacoochee or Wildcat appeared at the fort attired in the full regalia of a member of a Shakesperian cast. The year before, in 1840, Wildcat and his band attacked a theatrical group between Picolata and St. Augustine and after killing the men of the party escaped with the costumes belonging to the troupe. These, he and his band wore as they approached the fort and created quite an effect on the spectators.
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Placed ByThe Polk County Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, June 19th, 2016 at 11:47am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 428308 N 3107457
Decimal Degrees28.09063333, -81.72975000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 28° 5.438', W 81° 43.785'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds28° 5' 26.28" N, 81° 43' 47.1" W
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Area Code(s)863, 813
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 185 S Lake Shore Way, Lake Alfred FL 33850, US
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