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Fort McCoy
Unincorporated community
Fort McCoy Post Office
Fort McCoy Post Office
Nickname(s): Ft. McCoy
Location of Fort McCoy, Florida
Location of Fort McCoy, Florida
Country United States
State Florida
County Marion County
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 32134
Area code(s) 352

Fort McCoy is an unincorporated community in Marion County, Florida, United States. It is situated northeast of Ocala and lies between the towns of Sparr and Eureka on County Road 316 and is directly north of Silver Springs on County Road 315. The community is part of the Ocala Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography

Fort McCoy is located at 29°21′52″N 81°57′59″W / 29.36444°N 81.96639°W / 29.36444; -81.96639.

The community is located west of the Ocala National Forest.

History

Fort McCoy was originally named Fort Mackay. MacKay and MacCoy were both settlers in the area who were killed by Indians during the war. The town of Fort McCoy is named after the settler Jeb MacCoy but spelled differently. When hostilities with Native Americans worsened, Jeb MacCoy was killed by Indians while bringing his family into Fort Russell. Captain Mackay was head of the local militia, and was killed while surveying Itonia Scrub on March 20, 1839.

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