Fort Braden, Florida

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Fort Braden store, date unknown

Fort Braden is an unincorporated community in western Leon County, Florida, United States.


On December 3, 1839 Fort Braden was established as a military fort during the Second Seminole War. It was located on the Ochlockonee River eighteen miles southwest of Tallahassee. Fort Braden was named for Virginia Braden, formerly Virginia Ward. She married Dr. Joseph Braden, a prominent citizen of Tallahassee. Joseph Braden's brother, Hector, was director of Tallahassee's Union Bank.

Virginia was the daughter of Leon County plantation owner George T. Ward, of Southwood Plantation and Waverly Plantation.

On June 12, 1840 a fight with Indians near Fort Braden resulted in the deaths of two soldiers of Company B of the 2nd Infantry. Fort Braden was abandoned on June 7, 1842 at the conclusion of the Seminole War.

Like other forts around the nation, a small community had grown near this fort. In 1843 an E.M. Garnett attending the Leon County Convention in Tallahassee came from the area. In 1847 collection of taxes took place at the Fort Braden School House. In 1856 and 1872 Fort Braden was one of the voting precincts in Leon County.

Cotton planters[edit]

Though Fort Braden was south of the cotton rich Red Hills Region, it had successful planters Hugh Black, H.H. Black, P.B. Chanlers, John Gray, Joseph Haines, C. Gray, John Grissette, R.L. Harvey, and J. E. Williams.

Early churches[edit]

It is reported that in Florida State Gazetteer of 1886-1887 that Fort Braden had one Methodist church and one Baptist church.

Other buildings[edit]

Fort Braden is reported to have had a school house, a blacksmith shop, a grist mill, and a cotton gin.

See also[edit]

Old Fort Braden School


  • Fort Braden School
  • Florida State Library Collection in Tallahassee, Call No. 71, M. No. 617, Roll No. 1497, "Post Returns from Ft. Braden, Fl. Jan. 1840-May 1842;" see also Julia Floyd Smith, Slavery and Plantation Growth in Antebellum Florida (Gainesville: 1973), 131.
  • David A. Eldredge, Finding Florida Forts (Fort Lauderdale, 1990), 39.
  • Tallahassee Floridian, August 7, 1847.
  • Tallahassee Floridian & Journal, October 11, 1856; and Tallahassee Weekly

Coordinates: 30°25′23″N 84°32′16″W / 30.42306°N 84.53778°W / 30.42306; -84.53778