The Council Oak
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Flatouts
N 28° 29.758 W 081° 21.578
17R E 464803 N 3152197
Quick Description: This marker on the side of the road is passed by many that have no idea of its historical value. The marker is a 2.5 foot concrete head stone type marker With a brass plaque. This marker was erected by Orange County Historical Commission 1970.
Location: Florida, United States
Date Posted: 8/1/2008 5:53:47 AM
Waymark Code: WM4B8Z
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member paintfiction
Views: 88

Long Description:
The Council Oak
This was a traditional meeting place of the Indian Chiefs during the Seminole Indian War 1835-1842. The actual Oak Tree has long since met its demise. This marker serves as a reminder of its historical value and rich history of the Fort Gatlin area during the Seminole Indian War.  You'll have to pull off onto a nearby side street to visit this one.

This Historical Marker Reads:
Nearby in the forest primeval
amid unfolding history
once stood in majestic beauty
 The Council Oak
Traditional meeting place of the
Indian chiefs in the Seminole Indian War
1835 - 1842

This marker erected by
Orange County Historical Commission 1970


For More information Please Visit this link to the Orange County Historical Commission: 

Orlando's Council Oak erecrtion August 19, 1970

Orlando's Council Oak Tree was recognized with a marker from the Orange County Historical Commission.
    
In its glory, the Council Oak was said to be bigger than any of these trees, and the largest living oak in all of Central and South Florida.
    
It was called the Council Oak because it was the gathering place of the Seminole warriors.
    
But in the late 1800s, the giant old oak was struck by lightning. All that's left is the marker on South Ferncreek Avenue just past Stevens Street.

Marker Number: 1

Date: 1970

County: Orange

Marker Type: Plaque

Sponsored or placed by: Orange County Historical Commission

Website: [Web Link]

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