Hogtown Settlement/Fort Hogtown
Posted by: Markerman62
N 29° 39.695 W 082° 22.296
17R E 367259 N 3282073
Quick Description: In a park along NW 34th St near Hogtown Creek.
Location: Florida, United States
Date Posted: 6/29/2012 8:06:10 PM
Waymark Code: WMER0W
Near this site was located Hogtown, one of the earliest settlements in Alachua County. It was originally an Indian village which in 1824 had fourteen inhabitants. Hogtown settlement in also mentioned in documents of the early nineteenth century which discuss land grants issued by the Spanish crown during the Second Spanish Period in Florida's history (1783-1821). In the late 1820's Hogtown became a white settlement as American pioneers occupied Indian land from which the Seminoles had been removed by the terms of the Treaty of Moultrie Creek. In 1854, the town of Gainesville was founded on a site located a few miles east of Hogtown.
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During the Second Seminole War (1835-42), a settler's fort was built at the Hogtown settlement near this site. Shortly before the onset of that war, men from the Hogtown settlement and from Spring Grove, a community located about four miles to the west, organized a volunteer company of mounted riflemen, the Spring Grove Guards. Spring Grove was at that time the seat of justice in Alachua County (1832-1839). For several months, members of the Guards periodically paraded and patrolled the countryside to protect the inhabitants against Indians. The fort at Hogtown was one of more than a dozen Second Seminole War forts located in or near present-day Alachua County.
Marker Number: F-264
Marker Type: Roadside
Sponsored or placed by: Alachua County Historical Commission in cooperation with Department of State
Website: Not listed
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