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Named an "All America City" in 1995, Ocala is the county seat, and has a present population of 46,453 making it the
largest city in the county. Drive down Fort King Street in the Ocala historic district, and you will be impressed by the
obvious care taken with the renovation and preservation of the area's homes.
The Ocala Historic District, offers the opportunity to take a walking tour through stately neighborhoods of lovely Victorian
homes. Fort King Street was named after the military post of Fort King, the site of which is within city limits. Fort King was
built prior to the Second Seminole War of Florida (1835-1842) according to archaeologist Gary Ellis. Three substantive
archaeological surveys have been conducted in the vicinity and the findings of these earlier studies led to a new study in
1993-94 identifying two distinct prehistoric components. The investigation of the history of Fort King is still ongoing with
plans to offer the public a chance to learn more about life in those times.
Our walking tour will travel from prehistoric finds, to the modern day, within a few blocks. In 1998 the Ocala/Marion County
Veterans Memorial Park was dedicated on Fort King near 25th Avenue. The four acre park is just north of the Marion County
Governmental complex and has been created to honor veterans from all military conflicts and serves as a gathering place for
Downtown Ocala has been revitalized during the past several years with renovations to the town square, and the beautification
of historic buildings surrounding it. The Ocala Down-town Development Commission and a coalition of citizens, property owners,
and public officials are working steadily to continue the economic revitalization of downtown. In the past year the Ocala
Police Department moved into new quarters on South Pine Street; Ocala Electric Utility built a new Customer Services Office
adjacent to City Hall; and the City Auditorium which has served as a focal point for a wide range of community activities.
Early in 2003, the Ocala Recreation & Parks Department will move into new quarters off Sanchez Avenue, an attractive addition
to the Tuscawilla Park campus.
In addition to the Ocala/Marion County Chamber of Commerce building, the Ocala Public Library, a variety of large and small
restaurants, Brick City Center for the Art, shops, financial institutions, and commercial businesses are located around the square
or within a short walk. The center of Ocala has come to life in the evening with a number of restaurants, clubs, and special events
bringing people back downtown. On Friday and Saturday evenings, horse drawn carriage rides bring a touch of the past to visitors.
Distinctive neighborhoods with lovely homes are situated throughout the city in price ranges for every budget. Each spring
dogwoods, azaleas, and other colorful flowers invite visitors to drive along the tree-shaded streets.
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