Old Fort Pierce Park

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Fort Pierce Site
Ft Pierce FL Old Fort Park01.jpg
Location S. Indian River Drive (CR 707)
Fort Pierce, Florida 34950
Coordinates 27°26′11″N 80°19′14″W / 27.43639°N 80.32056°W / 27.43639; -80.32056Coordinates: 27°26′11″N 80°19′14″W / 27.43639°N 80.32056°W / 27.43639; -80.32056
Built 1838[2]
NRHP reference # 74002181[1]
Added to NRHP January 11, 1974[1]

Old Fort Pierce Park is the site of Fort Pierce, a military installation constructed by the U.S. Army in Florida with the purpose of being a main supply depot for the army during the Second Seminole War. The modern town of Fort Pierce derives its name from this installation.

Fort Pierce, named for its first commander Benjamin Kendrick Pierce, was built in 1838 and abandoned in 1842 at the end of the Second Seminole War, burning down the following year.

Today, the site is a park along the Indian River. The park is also the site of an ancient burial mound of the Ais Indian tribe which extended from Cape Canaveral to the Saint Lucie inlet.

This site once had a natural spring which made it a popular location for the Ais Indians and later For Spanish sailors who would stop here occasionally to refill their water jars before making the transatlantic crossing back to Spain. (1500-1750) It is not uncommon to find Spanish relics mixed with Indian potsherds in the river at that location.


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ "Fort Pierce Site". Florida Heritage Tourism Interactive Catalog. Florida's Office of Cultural and Historical Programs. 2007-04-08.

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