Historic Markers Across Florida

Fort Mason

Marker ID: FLHM F-598
Location: at the intersection of South Central Ave (Florida Route 19) and Golden Gem Dr, Umatilla, FL
County: Lake
Coordinates: N 28° 55.013    W 081° 40.443
  28.91688333    -81.67405
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: None


Fort Mason

During the Second Seminole War (1835-1842), troops under the command of Brig. Gen. Abraham Eustis left Volusia County headed toward the Withlacoochee River as part of a military action in response to the December 28, 1835 massacre of Major Francis L. Dade and his command near Bushnell. In March 1836 the troops camped nearby while a bridge was constructed over the Ocklawaha to the west. They built a fortified stockade about one mile south of this location, on the east side of Smith Lake. It was named Fort Mason, most likely to honor Lt. Col. Pierce Mason Butler who led the expedition and after whom Fort Butler, near Astor, was also named. After hostilities ended, Fort Mason became a supply base to support and encourage settlement in the area, which would later become Lake County. With the coming of the railroad in the 1880s, a town on the north shore of Lake Eustis took its name from Fort Mason.

F- 598 A Florida Heritage Site

Sponsored by the Lake County Historical Society
and the Florida Department of State.


City: Umatilla, FL
More Information:
Wikipedia - Seminole Wars
Florida Center for Instructional Technology - Seminole Wars