|Dedication of the historical marker commemorating
the site of Old Fort Blount, Bartow Florida on February 20, 1948
The home behind the marker is no longer in existence, having been replaced by a business.
In October, 1851, my grandfather, Readding Blount, with four sons, viz.: Riley R., wife and four children, Owen R., wife and two children, Nathan S., unmarried, and John J not grown, Streaty Parker, his son-in-law, wife and two children, John Davidson, wife and on child, making 21 whites and about a dozen Negro slaves constituted our colony that came from near the town of Alligator (now known as Lake City) and located about one mile west of the present courthouse in Bartow.