King Philipstown/Osceola

King Philipstown/Osceola (HM1R29)

Location: Geneva, FL 32732 Seminole County
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N 28° 47.284', W 81° 4.067'

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Here, where the St. Johns River emerges from near-by Lake Harney, stands a shell mound complex significant to the history and pre-history of Seminole County. The mound has been examined by anthropologists Daniel Britton in the 1850s, Jeffries Wyman in the 1860s, and Clarence B. Moore in the 1890s, and remains today a significant archaeological and anthropological site in Seminole County. The site contains archaeological evidence supporting its use by prehistoric Orange (2000-500BC) and St. Johns (500 BC-1500 AD) cultures and later by the historic Seminole.

By the time of the Americans settlement of the area, King Philip (Emaltha) and his son, Wildcat, (Coacoochee), together with about 200 Seminoles has established a settlement here known as King Philipstown.

At the start of the Second Seminole Indian War (1837-1842) the Indians, feeling threatened by the army camp established
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at Lake Monroe in 1836-37, attacked the camp on February 8, 1837. The Indians were repulsed, and by the early 1840s the army had driven the Indians from the area.

About 1850 a man by the name of Cook operated a ferry here, and the location became known as Cook's Ferry. After the Florida East Coast Railroad crossed the river in 1911, the area became known as Bridge End.
From 1916-1940 the self-sufficient cypress mill town of 200 people known as Osceola flourished here operated by the Osceola Cypress Co. Daily cutting of lumber ran about 60,000 board feet. In 1926 it was described as "the principal commercial industrial community of Seminole County." The timber gone, the only relics of its past still visible are timber piling along the river bank, and on land, the square concrete block former company vault.

The area is presently known as Osceola Fish Camp.
HM NumberHM1R29
Placed BySeminole County Historical Commission
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Date Added Tuesday, March 15th, 2016 at 9:01am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 493384 N 3184507
Decimal Degrees28.78806667, -81.06778333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 28° 47.284', W 81° 4.067'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds28° 47' 17.04" N, 81° 4' 4.02" W
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Area Code(s)407, 321
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2201-2599 Osceola Fish Camp Rd, Geneva FL 32732, US
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