Paynes Creek Historic State Park

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Paynes state park 481Paynes Creek Historic State Park located in Bowling Green. In the late 1970s, the Fort Chokonikla site listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Inside the Visitor Center a museum, chronicles the lives of the Seminole Indians and the soldiers. Watch a film about the Seminole Indians during the 3 wars and listen to a tape about the 102 soldiers who lived at the fort performing guard and work detail. Scenic paintings, a replica of Fort Chokonikla and waxed figures of the Seminole Indians and soldiers in uniform on display.

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Paynes state park 487The cannon the artillery used in the 1800s by the U.S. Army exhibited. Six and eight-pound cannon balls, a buckle, U.S. Marine Corps Metal Button, construction nails, spoon and a wine bottle. All of the artifacts found at the archaeological fort. A trail behind the Visitor Center leads to the site of the fort where it once stood.

Three pavilions available for rent. A children’s playground, several nature trails, canoeing, kayaking and fishing available on the Paynes Creek and Peace River. Fees and hours of operation on the website.

Visit Lake Alfred, Winter Haven and Fort Meade, all have historic districts. Small towns that we drove through along the way.

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