White Springs Journals

The Battle of Ocean Pond

A February 2001 trip to White Springs by willow

Quote: The tiny town of White Springs becomes a Civil War battlefield each February as thousands of authenically dressed re-enacters recreate the Battle of Olustee also known as the Battle of Ocean Pond. This year marked the 135th anniversary of the battle and my family's 18th year of participation.

The Battle of Ocean Pond

Overview

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Visitors are invited to attend the parade and colors demonstrations, tour medical demonstrations and authenic camps, shop sutler's row and watch the battles. Events open to re-enacters include battles, colors, period church services, period ball, ladies' tea and others. When participating in period events its easy to feel modernism slip away as you assume an alter identity based on your perception of the 1860's.Quick Tips: Nearby Lake City always hosts an outdoor arts and crafts festival for the same weekend. Lake City is located on I-75 and offers a good array of lodging and dining options.Best Way To Get Around: You will need a car. A shuttle sevice runs from Lake City as parki...Read More

Holiday Inn

Hotel

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Diehard re-enacters, who sleep on a wool blanket underneath canvas tents or sometimes the open air, laughingly call us the motel militia. We can bear the rigors of weather and outdoor activities only in daylight. For sleeping I must have comfortable quarters that include indoor toilet facilities:)

This trip we got lucky and were able to take advantage of Holiday Inn''s 2nd night free offer. The motel offers the usual amenities with a good onsite restaurant.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 26, 2001

Holiday Inn
1198 Lakes Boulevard
Lake Park, Georgia 31636
(229) 559-1287

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Local churches and organizations sell food and beverages carnival style. Seating at the picnic tables is limited and many visitors and re-enactors picnic on the grass. The food is always good to the southern palate. I heard one enthusiast remark, "we eat grits, greens, hawg meat and anything that's fried." Many re-enactors prepare and eat food at the campsite. I must admit that chicken and dumplings or Mulligan Stew cooked over an open fire and served in tin plates is hard to beat. Anyway, our Saturday lunch purchased from the Methodist Church consisted of BBQ pork sandwiches and bottled water. Not quite haute cuisine but good eating in the outdoor atmosphere.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 26, 2001

Olustee Festival Food Court
Near Entrance
White Springs, Florida

Ladies Tea

Best Of IgoUgo

Attraction

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This event is open only to authenically dressed participates. There is something nostalgic about a hundred or more ladies, dressed in hoop skirts, daintily sipping tea and nibbling cookies while they discuss fashion, sewing tips and proper etiquette. It takes some skill to perch on a folding camp stool in a hoop skirt while holding a cup and plate and not reveal an ankle. I am always amused at the little girls carefully emulating their mothers just as children of yesteryear. This year's speaker, Gail Jesse talked to us about proper ballroom etiquette. We learned that while a married lady may attend the ball escorted by her husband, she may not dance with him. A betrothed lady may dance only ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 26, 2001

Ladies Tea
Under the ball tent
White Springs, Florida

Sutlers

Attraction

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Row after row of white canvas tents filled with goods of every kind: ladies' hoops, hats, petticoats, corsets, shoes, dresses and gowns for every occasion, men's uniforms, firearms, leather goods and how-to patterns and literature for the re-enacter and history buff. Prices vary by as much as 25% I reccommend shopping around before buying. Also some vendors specialize in certain goods. We purchased a music cassette from The Reveliers, a length of green plaid wool and a calico shirt for our two year old. For the new re-enactor expect to spend about $200 per person besides the replicated firearm for soldiering. Blackpowder rifles are about $300.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 26, 2001

Sutlers
Sutler's Row
White Springs, Florida

Battle of Ocean Pond

Attraction | "Re-enactment of the Battle of Ocean Pond"

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It looks like war. The action starts with a slow awareness of blue and gray approaching from opposite directions. So many participants and spectators under the spring sky is pregnant with anticipation. The silence is broken by hundreds of blackpowder muskets and cannons firing simultanously on command. The battle rages for an hour or so and climaxes with the calvary charging the opposing infantry from the field. Sunday's battle recreates the actual historical event whereby, a north Florida militia unit overpowered invading Yankee forces. Saturday's battle is a military tactical exercise in which the winner is determined by referees. Both battles offer spectacular photo opportunit...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 26, 2001

Battle of Ocean Pond
In the palmetto forest
White Springs, Florida

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willow

willow
Nicholls, Georgia

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