Here is a sneak preview of a documentary project soon to be release statewide. This program depicts a pivotal moment in history in central Florida during the Seminole war about 1845. An informative video will become the featured narrative at the Paynes Creek Historic State Park visitors center. We're also producing a long format documentary for PBS.+ More details
Newspapers across the country in 1836 carried the news of the Dade Massacre when Seminole Indian warriors ambushed and annihilated U.S. Army Major Francis Dade's troop during the Second Seminole War. All but three of Dade's men were killed en route from Fort Brooke in present day Tampa to Fort King in what is now Ocala. The video chronicles the re-enactment of the battle at Dade Battlefield State Park in Bushnell, FL in December, 2012. I shot, edit, wrote and narrated the video..+ More details
The Old Kings Road in Florida was built by the British prior to the American Revolution. It ran from Georgia down the east coast of Florida to New Smyrna. It was once the main roadway into Florida and existed from 1774 to 1914. The Seminole War, the early Florida settlers, the Civil War, the first Plantations all used this ancient road. It was named as one of the most important roadways in America. This is historian Bill Ryan's early research on this nearly vanished piece of American History. Bill Ryan later wrote a book "The Search for Old Kings Road" which can be found on his website oldkingsroad.com+ More details
O'Leno State Park near Lake City, FL held host to the 2010 Alligator Festival. The history of North Central Florida from its acquisition by the US up to the Civil War was brought to life by Seminole, military, and pioneer re-enactors. This video essay was featured on the Lake City Journal's website. Includes an account by Big Turtle about the Battle of San Felasco Hammock, weapons demonstrations, and examples of life in an era gone by. Video by Jason Phillips+ More details
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