Fort Denaud

I went to Fort Denaud, located in Hendry County, on 8/9/2017.

According to the ghost town website,

Fort Denaud was established in 1838, as one of a series of posts linking American operations south of Tampa to the east coast. It was constructed on the south bank of the Caloosahatchee River, 27 Miles east of Fort Myers; on land owned by Pierre Denaud, a French Indian trader. The fort originally consisted of tents with a blockhouse in their midst. It was a supply depot for troops in the Lake Okeechobee area and was in use until the war ended in 1842. Fort Denaud was reopened in 1855, soon after the outbreak of the 3rd Seminole War. Additions included company quarters, hospital, guardhouse, prison, Sutler’s store, and stables. A farming community formed around it, basing itself on the citrus and sugarcane in the area. A fire ravaged the post in June 1856, and it was rebuilt on another site on the north bank of the river a mile downstream. The fort was ultimately abandoned in May 1858, and the local residents left the area as well. Nothing remains of the fort itself, but the town still has a few old original structures standing. The area is now mainly orange groves and is used for citrus trucking and shipping. The nearby community of Fort Denaud took it’s name from the old fort (also spelled Deynaud). In 1963 a swing-style bridge was built across the Caloosahatchee at the site. There is a fairly new housing development nearby, marketing itself on the history and quiet seclusion of the area.  By

Jim Pike

According to the ghost town website,

Dr. J.B Ingraham homesteaded near the site of Tasmania in 1888. The town officially became Tasmania in 1916 when the community changed it’s name from Fisheating Creek to Tasmania. There were two schools The Adrian School and the Lucky Island School. The Cook family opened a trading post with turpentine, cattle, and farming the main industries. Not to mention moon-shine. By the 1930s, the school and the post office closed and many families moved away because of the Depression. The town eventally died completly when the railroad passed it. By Mike Woodfin

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