NAME: Fort Drum
BEST TIME TO VISIT: Anytime
On SR441 south of Yeehaw Junction. From Orland-take Florida Turnpike South and get off at Yeehaw Junction exit. Go west and turn left onto Hwy 441 south...Ft. Drum is approx 5-10 miles from light. keep heading south on 441 and turn right on Hwy 68 West.it dead ends on Hwy 98..take 98 west for about 3-5 miles Fort Bassinger is on your left when you go over the bridge.
|Fort Drum was a Seminole War fort built in the 1840's. The exact location was at the junction of two of the old military roads. One was called the old wire road and the other one came from Fort Basinger. Henry Hancock owns the property today that includes the old fort site. After the Civil War the area became a prime cattle range. The first pioneer was Henry Parker who moved to the area about 1870 and opened a store and trading post. The postmaster was John Webb. The Seminole Indians would be regular customers at Parkers store trading hides and plumes for merchandise. Other pioneers of the area include: Henry Holmes, Jim Morgan, Jim Norman, George Drawdy, Tipp Padgett, John McLaughlin, Jasper Journigan, Don Sloan, Asbury Sellers, and Wade Raulerson. Submitted by: Mike Woodfin