Elizabeth Bellamy becomes a Ghost!

Elizabeth Bellamy passed from this world 181 years ago yesterday. We explore the true story of her passing in Elizabeth Bellamy died 181 years ago today. Today, we focus on the story of her ghost and how it evolved into the tale of a burning bride at Bellamy Bridge. The following is excerpted from Dale Cox’s […]

Elizabeth Bellamy died 181 years ago today

Elizabeth Bellamy died 181 years ago today at the age of 18. She is the woman best known today as the “Ghost of Bellamy Bridge.” Her passing attracted note in newspapers as far away as her home state of North Carolina: DIED. . . at Rock Cave Plantation, near Marianna, Florida, on the 11th ult. […]

200th anniversary of Jackson’s march passes quietly in Florida county named for him

The 200th anniversary of Maj. Gen. Andrew Jackson’s march through the Florida Panhandle will pass quietly in Jackson County. Established in 1822 as Florida’s third county, the county is named for Old Hickory and many of its original settlers were soldiers from his army. Andrew Jackson is a controversial figure today, largely because of his […]

Orange Hill: An 1827 account of “the immense Hickory Hill Mountain”

Orange Hill is neither the highest point in Washington and Jackson Counties nor one of the 10 tallest hills in Florida. To early travelers, though, there was something special about this broad elevation a few miles southeast of present-day Chipley. Rt. Rev. Michael Portier, who became a Catholic bishop when he was only 22 years […]

The Swinging Bridge at Neal’s Landing

One of the most impressive construction projects in the history of Jackson County was completed at Neal’s Landing on the Chattahoochee River in 1927. Those who experienced this famed and feared “Swinging Bridge” never forgot it! The story of Neal’s Landing is actually older than Jackson County itself. The Creek Indian village of Ekanachatte (“Red […]

“Standing at the Feet of a Great Man:” Are Dr. John Gorrie’s feet in Marianna?

A favorite part of the tours we sometimes give of the Battle of Marianna and the grounds of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church is always the stop at the graves of  Caroline Myrick Gorrie and her son, Sen. John Gorrie. That’s where visitors learn about the feet of a great man! Dr. John Gorrie was around 30-years-old when […]

Miracle, Meteorite or UFO? The 1900 “Cross of Fire” over the Wiregrass area

One of the most remarkable yet unexplained incidents in the history of the Wiregrass area took place on the night of May 5, 1900. As startled observers watched, a “cross of fire in the sky” passed from west to east over the region: The citizens of Ozark, a small town in the southeastern part of […]

Gopher Tortoise Day in Two Egg, Florida

Happy Gopher Tortoise Day! The Gopher Tortoise Council has officially adopted April 10th as Gopher Tortoise Day in Florida. It is a day set aside to raise public awareness about these incredible tortoises. Gopher tortoises are important in the history and culture of the Two Egg area and they still live throughout the region today. […]

Faye Dunaway: Academy Award winner was born in Two Egg, Florida

If you browse online biographies of Academy Award winning actress Faye Dunaway, you will find many details about her life – some right and some wrong. It is safe to say that she is the most accomplished performing artist ever to come from Two Egg, Florida. Although many biographies and websites list her birthplace as Bascom, […]

1872 fire destroyed Sylvania, home of Gov. John Milton

Visitors to Blue Springs Recreational Area – also called Jackson Blue Springs – often notice the historical marker that tells the story of Sylvania, the home of Governor John Milton. Nothing remains today of his home today, but it was once a center of political intrigue in Florida. It was here that Milton planned the […]