Pittman Ferry, now called East Pittman Creek Landing, is a park and boat landing on the Choctawhatchee River in Holmes County, Florida.
Developed by the Northwest Florida Water Management District, the landing is adjacent to the State Road 2 bridge and marks the northern end of the state-designated Choctawhatchee River Blueway paddling trail.
Pittman Ferry played an important role in the last stand of the Creek Indians east of the Mississippi River. Learn the story by clicking play on this video:
Pittman Ferry served as a landing for paddlewheel riverboats into the 20th century and – as the name implies – was the location of an early ferry crossing.
Today’s East Pittman Creek Landing is a beautiful little bluff-top park area. Amenities including a paved boat ramp, picnic tables, grill and portable toilets. The park is open daily and is just off State Road 2 at the end of Choctawhatchee Lane.
Orange Hill near Chipley is one of the highest hills in the State of Florida.
It was settled in the early 1800s and by 1842 was a thriving little community of farmers and planters. Among these was Stephen Perkins, a farmer and the head of a growing family that included his wife and four children.
Their dreams ended in disaster on August 31, 1842 when they were attacked by a party of Creek Indian warriors. Here is the full story:
The story of how and why the small band of Muscogee (Creek) Indians wound up in the area is equally tragic. They escaped into Florida from a concentration camp in Alabama after being attacked there by white outlaws.
From that time until 1844 they carried out occasional raids against frontier homes to obtain food, ammunition and other necessities.
When attacked in Alabama they had seen unarmed members of their group killed and assaulted and once in Florida they often took revenge during raids against frontier homes and farms.
Learn more about one such band of Creeks in this video:
The most significant Native American victory of the Creek War of 1836 was the Creek Indian attack on Roanoke, Georgia.
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The historical marker for Roanoke is located on the west side of GA-39 between Rood Creek Landing Road and Rood Creek Road Connector 2.5 miles south of Florence Marina State Park. Nearby Rood Creek Park is a great place for a picnic lunch.
The Creek War of 1836 was the last major stand by elements of the Creek Nation against forced removal to what is now Oklahoma on the Trail of Tears. Watch for Two Egg TV’s coming documentary on this conflict.
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San Marcos de Apalache Historic State Park in St. Marks, Florida, provides the backdrop for historian Dale Cox’s presentation on the life and times of Milly Francis, the Creek Pocahontas:
You can also learn more about Milly Francis by visiting www.exploresouthernhistory.com/millyfrancis.html or by reading Dale Cox’s book – Milly Francis: The Life & Times of the Creek Pocahontas. It is available here: