The Loxahatchee River Battlefield Park in Jupiter, Florida is the site of the last great battle of the Second Seminole War. On January 24, 1838, Major General Thomas S. Jesup, accompanied by 1500 troops, stormed the headwaters of the Loxahatchee River where he met 300 Seminoles in battle. When Jesup'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's own. The new designation was approved by the county commission on November 18, 2010 and the Battlefield Park became it's 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.
Now explore our website and enjoy this fascinating history about the final two major battles of the Second Seminole War. Learn why these Seminole Wars were really fought, and at more expense than the Revolutionary War.
[Loxahatchee Battlefield Preservationists]
Saving the History of the Loxahatchee Battlefield
Battlefield Tours Beginning September 2015
Every Saturday @ 10:00 am
Thank you for taking the time to explore our website. We urge you to read about this interesting history of the Second Seminole War. The Loxahatchee Battlefield Preservationists is a non profit organization dedicated to protecting this historic battlefield located in Jupiter, Florida. Loxahatchee River Battlefield Park contains the last two major battles of the Second Seminole War, the longest and most expensive indian war in American history. Also in our park is a 6,000 year old prehistoric Indian occupation area with burial mounds over 1,000 years old. This hallowed ground was almost lost to developers once before.We cannot ever allow that to happen again. We entertain many events during the course of the year, including reenactments, special speakers, and tours of our battlefield.
Please consider joining this very worth while organization with a membership donation and become a member of:
The Loxahatchee Battlefield Preservationists. Guy Bachmann President Guy1838@att.net