Historic Markers Across Florida

British Fort Magazine

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Location: Fort Gadsden Rd/Brickyard Rd (Forest Road 129) 2.8 miles west of Big Bend Scenic Byway Forest Trail (State Highway 65), Sumatra, FL
County: Franklin
Coordinates: N 29° 56.297    W 085° 0.588
  29.93828333    -85.0098
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMXFYT


British Fort Magazine

It is hard to imagine the horrible scene that greeted the first Americans to stand here on the morning of July 27, 1816. The remains of the 270 persons killed in the magazine explosion lay scattered about. They also found an arsenal of ten cannons, 2,500 muskets and over 150 barrels of black powder. Some original timbers from the octagonal magazine were uncovered here by excavations.


Road is unpaved and may have potholes