Christmas 1837 was not particularly festive for a group of U.S. Army soldiers marching through what is now east Orange County. Instead of celebrating with their families, the soldiers built a fort on the St. Johns River.
A replica of Fort Christmas is located in the rural community of Christmas, about ten miles west of Titusville.
A pair of tattered, well-worn boots with holes on the bottom and scrapes on the side is on display in the Florida Historic Capitol Museum in Tallahassee.
The boots belonged to “Walkin’ Lawton” Chiles, one of Florida’s most respected and influential politicians.
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