Fort Foster State Historic Site
Fort Foster Historic Site is part of the Hillsborough River State Park (HRSP), located 9 miles south of Zephyrhills, Florida, on U.S. 301 across from the park. The fort is a reproduction of a fort originally built on the same grounds in 1836 by Col. William S. Foster and his 430 men. It is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.
Fort Foster was utilized during the Second Seminole War to defend the bridge crossing at the Hillsborough River and served as a resupply point for the soldiers in the field. The fort was garrisoned on and off from December 1836 through April 1838
In recent years, park staff and re-enactors provided living history demonstrations of life at Fort Foster. Each year the site has presented living history events: Fort Foster Rendezvous in January and the Candlelight Dinner experience at Fort Foster during the winter months. The park staff has also conducted weekly tours of the park, allowing visitors the opportunity of touring the fort and grounds.
However, due to the current condition of Fort Foster, it is unsafe to host any events and tours until a major restoration project can be completed. You can help us restore the Fort by volunteering or donating.
Accessible from Parking Lot 1 at Hillsborough River State Park, the Interpretive Center hosts over 100 artifacts that were found at the Fort Foster Historic Site. Exhibits offer an understanding of both sides of the conflict between the Seminole nation and the U.S. military. The center is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can visit the Interpretive Center even though the Fort itself is closed.