The Baker House was built by Senator David H Baker around 1886, in the community of Orange Home.
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Royal is one of Florida’s oldest African American communities. Founded in 1865, the community of Royal was originally known as Picketsville, which was named for the white picket fences that marked its 40-acre homesteads. It was settled by former slaves from the Old Green Plantation located on the Withlacoochee River.
The Dade Battlefield Historic State Park commemorates this battle and honors the participants on both sides. In addition to tours of the battlefield itself, the park features a hiking trail with abundant wildlife; a visitor’s center with clean restrooms; a pavilion and lodge perfect for wedding receptions and family reunions; geo-seeking and much more. Also, every January features a reenactment of the battle, which is historically accurate and exquisitely detailed.
A historical marker at a flagpole about the Battle of Wahoo Swamp among some shady oaks and picnic tables. There is also a historical display of the DeSoto Trail, stating that DeSoto found the village of Tocaste here.