Historic Markers Across Florida

Fort Cummings

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Location: on South Lake Shore Way at E Pierce St, Lake Alfred, FL
County: Polk
Coordinates: N 28° 05.439    W 081° 43.784
  28.09065    -81.72973333
Style: Free Standing **
Status: The marker has been removed.
Waymark: WMN66D


Named for 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 here 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.

Erected by the Polk County Historical Commission