The Creek War at Pittman Ferry in Holmes County, Florida

Pittman Ferry (now East Pittman Creek Landing) was an important landmark of the Creek War in the Florida Panhandle.
Pittman Ferry (now East Pittman Creek Landing) was an important landmark of the Creek War in the Florida Panhandle.

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.

Directions and more information:

Northwest Florida Water Management District East Pittman Creek

Choctawhatchee River Blueway Guide

Also of interest:


Historical Marker unveiled in Chipley, Florida

New historical marker unveiled in Chipley, Florida.
Dale Cox (L) and Dorothy Pyfrom Odom (R) unveil new historical marker in Chipley, Florida.

The Washington County Historical Society hosted an unveiling ceremony today for a new marker at the South Third Street Historic District in Chipley, Florida.

Members of the historical society were hand for the unveiling, as were city and county officials and citizens of the area.

Here’s a quick video clip of the actual unveiling:

The marker was funded by a donation from area author and historian Dale Cox and is the third he has funded in the area.

He indicates that other citizens are joining with him to fund two additional markers that will be placed later this year at Chattahoochee in Gadsden County and Two Egg in Jackson County. Work is also underway to mark historic sites in Holmes County.

The text for the new South Third Street Historic District marker was written by members of the Washington County Historical Society:

SOUTH THIRD STREET
HISTORIC DISTRICT

Designated a Historic District in 1989.

This street is one of the first residential areas in Chipley. Though a railroad town in the beginning, Chipley was, and remains primarily an agricultural center. Notable due to an array of late 19th & 20th century homes which served as residences to many of Chipley’s most prominent citizens. The district began developing less than 10 years after Chipley was founded along the tracks of the P&A Railroad, which reached here in 1882. The district appears today essentially as it has since the late 1930s.

A beautifully restored private home in Chipley's Third Street Historic District.
A beautifully restored private home in Chipley’s South Third Street Historic District.

The Historic District can be accessed by turning south onto Third Street from Historic U.S. Highway 90 by the Washington County Courthouse. The marker will be straight ahead on your right.

To see the many historic homes in the district, several of which are of the beautiful Queen Anne architectural style, continue past the marker and just drive along the street or enjoy a stroll along the street.

More information is available at the Washington County Historical Society Museum, 685 7th Street, Chipley, Florida 32428.

The museum is open on Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  You can visit their website anytime at www.washingtoncountymuseum.org.

You can also learn more about great points of interest in Chipley and Washington County at http://visitwcfla.com/.

Watch for more on Chipley’s South Third Street Historic District here on Two Egg TV in the near future!

1842 Creek Indian attack at Orange Hill near Chipley, Florida

The Perkins attack or massacre took place somewhere on the top of Orange Hill in Washington County, Florida.
The Perkins attack or massacre took place somewhere on the top of Orange Hill in Washington County, Florida.

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:

Arrests made in Daffin Mercantile Fire

MPDTwo teenagers have been charged in the devastating fire that struck the historic Daffin Mercantile building in Marianna, Florida on Thursday afternoon (March 16, 2017)

Click here for video of the fire from WMBB-TV.

Corey Jermaine Rivera-Allen, 18 of Marianna, and a 16-year-old Juvenile were taken into custody by officers of the Marianna Police Department with assistance from the State Fire Marshal’s Office.

Investigators made contact with the 16-year-old and determined that he had been on the scene. Further investigation led them to Rivera-Allen who was taken into custody at the Cottondale Village Apartments in Marianna.

The two are accused of setting the fire that devastated the historic Daffin Mercantile building adjacent to the CSX Railroad in Marianna. Officers believe that they entered the structure intending to burglarize it and then set the fire to cover their tracks.

Marianna Police Chief Hayes Baggett said that both fled the scene but are now in custody facing charges of Felony 2nd Degree Arson and Felony Burglary.

Baggett also said that officers are continuing to investigate the fire and asks that anyone with information please contact the Marianna Police Department at (850) 526-3125 or CrimeStoppers at 850-526-5000.

He thanked the Florida State Fire Marshal’s Office Bureau of Fire and Arson Investigation, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and Marianna Fire, Jackson Fire Rescue and other agencies for their assistance.

The oldest part of the building destroyed by the fire was built in circa 1905 and Daffin Mercantile – later Daffin Food Service – had been a landmark Marianna business for more than 100 years.

Daffin Mercantile was founded in the 1800s by Robert Dale Daffin and was a family business tradition in the Daffin and Milton families of Marianna. Hundreds of Jackson County residents worked there through the years.

New Documentary: “The Fort at Prospect Bluff” is now available!

Two Egg TV’s new documentary – “The Fort at Prospect Bluff: Story of the Negro Fort on the Apalachicola” – is now available!

You can watch it in HD on your television for free by adding Two Egg TV to your Roku player or you can watch it right here:

 

To learn more about Prospect Bluff Historic Sites, location of the “Negro Fort” and Fort Gadsden, please visit:

ExploreSouthernHistory.com: Day by Day History of the Prospect Bluff Campaign

 

        

 

 

Holmes County celebrates Laura Ingalls Wilder’s life in the Florida Panhandle with 150th birthday party

Laura Ingalls Wilder and her husband Almanzo Wilder once lived in Holmes County, Florida.
Laura Ingalls Wilder and her husband Almanzo Wilder once lived in Holmes County, Florida.

Laura Ingalls Wilder, the beloved author of Little House on the Prairie, was born 150 years ago today on February 7, 1867.

The Holmes County Historical Society will celebrate her accomplishments and her time as a resident of the Florida Panhandle with a special 150th birthday party this Saturday at the society’s museum in Bonifay.

Wilder is known around the world for her “Little House” series of books. Little House on the Prairie was turned into a popular television series starring Michael Landon and Melissa Sue Gilbert. that remains in syndication today.

It is a little known fact that a young Laura Ingalls Wilder lived north of Westville in Holmes County, Florida. She moved there with her husband Almanzo Wilder in 1891 and the couple stayed in the piney woods of Florida for about one year.

We have details on Saturday’s 150th birthday party below but first enjoy this video tour of historic sites along Florida’s State Road 2 in Jackson and Holmes County. One of the stops is the Laura Ingalls Wilder Home Site:

The following information was provided by the Holmes County Historical Society:

Laura Ingalls Wilder
Laura Ingalls Wilder

The Holmes County Historical Society will celebrate the 150th anniversary of her birth with a Birthday Party in her honor on Saturday February 11. This party will be held at the Holmes County Museum at 412 W Kansas Avenue in Bonifay from 10am – 2pm.

The event will feature guest speaker; Mary Jo Craft, who is a Fourth cousin of Laura Ingalls Wilder at 11am & 1pm. There will be Best Pioneer Girl Dress Contest for girls ages 12 and under at 11:45, with story-time at 12:30. The party will feature Hotdogs, Cupcakes and refreshments. This event is free and is open to the public.

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Weeping Ridge Falls at Torreya State Park in Liberty County, Florida

WeepingRidge304x237Florida may not be known for waterfalls but some real jewels are tucked away in the northern part of the state.

Weeping Ridge Falls are often overlooked by visitors to stunning Torreya State Park, but the small waterfall was very pretty when we stopped by for a look today!

Enjoy this video visit to the falls then be sure to scroll down for photos and more information about the Weeping Ridge Trail and Falls:

Trailhead sign for the Weeping Ridge Trail at Torreya State Park in LIberty County, Florida.
Trailhead sign for the Weeping Ridge Trail at Torreya State Park in LIberty County, Florida.
Weeping Ridge Trail begins high atop the bluffs that overlook the Apalachicola River at Torreya State Park.
Weeping Ridge Trail begins high atop the bluffs that overlook the Apalachicola River at Torreya State Park.
A broken millstone alongside the trail.
A broken millstone alongside the trail.
The trail passes the Rock Bluff Indian Mound, which dates back 1,500-2,000 years.
The trail passes the Rock Bluff Indian Mound, which dates back 1,500-2,000 years.
Ravine into which the waterfall flows.
Ravine into which the waterfall flows.
Weeping Ridge Falls.
Weeping Ridge Falls.
Wildflower in bloom.
Wildflower in bloom.
A small Florida torreya tree can be seen near the waterfall overlook.
A small Florida torreya tree can be seen near the waterfall overlook.

If you enjoyed our visit to Weeping Ridge Falls, you might also enjoy this look at a rare Florida Yew tree growing at Torreya State Park:

Apalachicola & Choctawhatchee Rivers at Flood Stage (Jan. 24, 2017)

 

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Water pouring from the Jim Woodruff Dam at Chattahoochee, Florida.

The crest is moving downstream on the Apalachicola, Chipola and Choctawhatchee Rivers as water from this weekend’s storms continues to flow into all three.

(Scroll down the page for more photos!)

Here are river conditions as of 3 p.m. this afternoon. Please note that forecasts can change.

Apalachicola River at Chattahoochee

FLOOD WARNING IN EFFECT

Level:     61.22 feet and falling
Crest:     62.32 (already reached)

The Apalachicola River at Chattahoochee crested at 62.32 feet last night and has started to fall. It did not reach flood stage.

Apalachicola River at Blountstown

FLOOD WARNING IN EFFECT

Level:     19.81 feet.
Flood Level:     17 feet.
Projected Crest:     20.4 feet.

The Apalachicola River at Blountstown is above Flood Stage and will continue to rise before cresting at around 20.4 feet on Wednesday.

Chipola River at Marianna, Florida

Level:     15.32 feet and rising.
Flood Level:     19 feet.
Projected Crest:     17.4 feet.

Projected crest of the Chipola River at Marianna has been raised a second time now but the  river is not expected to reach flood stage.

Chipola River at Altha, Florida

Level:     16.87 feet and rising
Flood Level:     22 feet.
Projected Crest:     19.3 feet on Friday night.

Choctawhatchee River at Newton, Alabama

Level:     16.8 feet and falling.
Flood Level:     19 feet.
Crest:     24.8 feet.
The Choctawhatchee River crested at Newton on Monday (1/23) afternoon after reaching moderate flood levels. By 3 p.m. today, it had fallen 8 feet from its highest point yesterday.

Choctawhatchee River at Geneva, Alabama

FLOOD WARNING IN EFFECT

Level:     24.36 feet and rising.
Flood Stage:     23 feet.
Projected Crest:     24.9 feet.

The Choctawhatchee River at Geneva, Alabama is nearing its projected crest of 24.9 feet . It should crest sometime tonight. The river is above flood stage.

Choctawhatchee River at Pittman, Florida (State Road 2)

FLOOD WARNING IN EFFECT

Level:     24.67 feet and rising.
Flood Stage:     23 feet.
The Choctawhatchee River is above minor flood stage at Pittman in Holmes County, Florida, and is still rising.

Choctawhatchee River at Caryville, Florida

FLOOD WARNING IN EFFECT

Level:     13.55 feet and rising.
Flood Stage:     12 feet.
Projected Crest:     14.9 feet.
The Choctawhatchee River is now above flood stage at the U.S. 90 bridge between Caryville, Florida and Westville, Florida. It will continue to rise tonight and tomorrow before cresting tomorrow night.

Choctawhatchee River at Ebro/Bruce, Florida (State Road 20)

FLOOD WARNING IN EFFECT

Level:     12.61feet and rising.
Flood Stage:     13 feet.
Projected Crest:     16.5 feet.
The Choctawhatchee River is expected to reach Major Flood levels between Ebro and Bruce, Florida by Thursday or Friday. River interests should take all necessary precautions now and all safety recommendations should be followed.

We will provide another update tonight. Here are some photos taken today, yesterday and Sunday.

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Most of the gates were open today (Tuesday) at the Jim Woodruff Dam in Chattahoochee, Florida.
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A closer view of water coming through the Jim Woodruff Dam and into the Apalachicola River from Lake Seminole.
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Looking down the Apalachicola River from the U.S. 90 bridge at Chattahoochee, Florida. The historic bridge in the foreground is the old Victory Bridge, built during the 1920s and named to commemorate the Allied victory in World War I.

 

Oak tree damage along historic "canopy road" segment on Oak Grove Road north of Parramore, Florida.
Oak tree damage along historic “canopy road” segment on Oak Grove Road north of Parramore, Florida.
Electric lines wrapped in fallen oak tree on Oak Grove Road north of Parramore in Jackson County, Florida.
Electric lines wrapped in fallen oak tree on Oak Grove Road north of Parramore in Jackson County, Florida.
Choctawhatchee River over its banks at Cedar Bridge on County Road 83 near Echo, Alabama.
Choctawhatchee River over its banks at Cedar Bridge on County Road 83 near Echo, Alabama. (Photo by Kate Kirkland)
Choctawhatchee River Flooding near Echo, Alabama (Photo by Kate Kirkland).
Choctawhatchee River Flooding near Echo, Alabama (Photo by Kate Kirkland).
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Chipola River beginning to rise at Marianna, Florida. The U.S. 90 bridge is in the background.
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Chipola River starting its rise at Marianna, Florida. Notice the brick pier from the 1914 steel bridge in the background. Part of today’s U.S. 90 bridge is visible at the extreme left of the photo.

 

Exploring the wreck of the paddlewheel boat Albany

The paddlewheel steamer Albany has been a landmark of Florida’s Apalachicola River for 90 years. Two Egg TV obtained special permission to visit her wreck for this story:

A U.S. government snagboat, the Albany operated on the Apalachicola, Chattahoochee and Flint Rivers from around 1928 until 1959. She was tied up and abandoned at Chattahoochee a short time later during a high water event.

Her sister ship, the Montgomery, took over snag duties and continued to operate until 1982.

Many residents of the Chattahoochee and Sneads area remember the novelty of seeing the Albany as she sat high up on the bank of the Apalachicola River. Children played on the decks and explored the empty cabins of the virtually intact steamboat.

Paddlewheel at the stern of the Albany as seen in 1961 after she was abandoned atop the riverbank at Chattahoochee, Florida.
Paddlewheel at the stern of the Albany as seen in 1961 after she was abandoned atop the riverbank at Chattahoochee, Florida.

The Albany slowly deteriorated over time, however, and all that remains today is the hull and lower deck. Even that is rapidly disappearing and in another decade or two nothing will likely be left of the historic vessel but the steel beams of her hull.

She is one of the impressive number of wrecks to be found along the banks of the Apalachicola River at Chattahoochee. The presence of the skeletons of so many paddlewheel steamers and historic wooden barges there have led the stretch of water between the Jim Woodruff Dam and the CSX railroad trestle to be dubbed “Florida’s Inland Graveyard of Ships.”

The wreck of the Albany on private property and is not open to the public. We received special permission and assistance from the owner to photograph the meager remains of the once proud government steamer.

If you enjoyed our story on the Albany, you might also enjoy our visit to the wreck of the steamboat Barbara Hunt:

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Angus Gholson Nature Park in Chattahoochee, Florida

AngusGholson209x209The Angus Gholson Nature Park in Chattahoochee is home to a remarkable system of hiking trails that take you along the magnificent bluffs and ravines of the upper Apalachicola River.

The park is located just off Morgan Avenue in Chattahoochee and offers picnicking and restrooms in addition to the beautiful trails.

These unique formations are home to some of the rarest trees and plants in the world including the Florida Torreya and Florida Yew:

You might also enjoy this look at a Florida Yew, one of the rarest trees or shrubs in the world:

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