1838: Within a Span of Nine Days, Two Battles Occurred Here
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 1,500 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.
The Origins of Loxahatchee River Battlefield Park
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 its own. The new designation was approved by the county commission on November 18, 2010 and the Battlefield Park became its own entity.
Riverbend Park: The Jewel of Palm Beach County
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.
To protect and safeguard the Loxahatchee Battlefield Park located in Jupiter, Florida, along with the 6,000-year-old prehistoric Native American occupation area contained herein.
Our events, lectures, and our annual reenactment helps to raise awareness of this important part of American history. Please click here to join our mailing list.
Please Join Us in the Fall for our History in the Park Series
Informative Seminars Exploring Florida's Rich History, While Enjoying The Beautiful Outdoors!
October 26, 10:00 AM:
Tom Odom: The Florida Wars
November 16, 10:00 AM:
Steve Carr: The Ashley Gang
December 21, 10:00 AM:
Patsy West: The Enduring Seminoles
*Please note these dates are subject to change.
[Loxahatchee Battlefield Preservationists]
2018 Reenactment of the Battle of the Loxahatchee
Saving the History of the Loxahatchee Battlefield
Battle of the Loxahatchee Reenactment 2019
Saturday, October 26
Tom Odom will present on the history of the Florida wars.
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
If your group would like to schedule a private tour, please call:
Please Note: Tours and events do not continue during the summer months. We resume in October.