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Pasco Tribune

A holiday with history

BY GARY S. HATRICK
Tribune correspondent

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DADE CITY — About 700 people attended the Workingman’s Holiday at the Pioneer Florida Museum in Dade City on Saturday.

The crowd watched a re-enactment of a Seminole Indian raid that took place on May 14, 1856. On that date, Seminole Indians attacked Army Capt. Robert Duke Bradley’s family at their house located near what is now the intersection of Bellamy Brothers Boulevard and St. Joe Road. Two children were killed during the attack.

The Seminoles were upset that Bradley had killed the brother of a Seminole leader.

According to a marker placed near the site in 1979, this was the last attack on a settler’s homestead east of the Mississippi.

Museum director Barbara Russ said the possibility of a rainstorm reduced attendance at the event.

“I wish we would have had more people,” she said. “We did have a storm looming and we had some phone calls about it.”

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