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Sneads landmarks named to National Register of Historic Places

The Sneads Community Building and nearby Sneads Town Pump have been added to the National Register of Historic Places.

The director of the National Park Service announced today that the historic Sneads Town Pump and log Community Building have been added to the National Register of Historic Places.

The application that led to the recognition was prepared by Andrew Waber of the Florida Division of Historical Resources with support from Connie Butts, the Sneads City Manager.

The Sneads Town Pump was erected in 1899-1900 by Gabriel Smith and was one of the earliest pumps of its type in the area. It stands on a lot of just over one acre that was sold to the City of Sneads by F.A. and Mittie Brown on February 18, 1899. The sale price of the land was $200.

Legend holds that “He who drinks from this pump will always return.” It was once a tradition in Sneads for local men to take any non-local grooms to the pump for a “drink” to make sure that they always returned to their bride’s hometown.

Another view of the log Community Building in Sneads, Florida. It was built by the WPA in around 1936.

The Sneads Community Building is a charming log cabin structure that is, according to the application, a “locally significant example of New Deal architecture.” It was built in around 1936 by the Works Progress Administration (WPA), a Great Depression effort started by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to help create jobs for starving American families.

The structure was built using locally cut logs and features a beautiful stone fireplace and chimney. It serves as a community meeting place today and stands immediately behind the old Town Pump.

Both landmarks are located at 8025 Old Spanish Trail, Sneads, FL 32460.

The historic Sneads Town Pump and the adjacent historical marker face the Old Spanish Trail in Sneads, Florida.

The now defunct Jackson County Historic Commission placed a marker adjacent to the pump in 1970. The commission was an ancestor of sorts for today’s Chipola Historical Trust.

The listing of the Sneads Town Pump and Community Building on the National Register of Historic Places will shine a positive new spotlight on the community. Many travelers visit and photograph historic sites using the list as a guide.

The landmarks will soon appear in National Park Service publications and will be listed on the official website as well. You can visit  at National Register of Historic Places.

A coordinated effort to better recognize other local historic sites is now underway in Greenwood, where it is hoped that additional local landmarks will soon be added to the National Register.

Dale Cox
August 4, 2017

 

New trail could mean big things for Liberty, Gadsden & Jackson Counties

Alum Bluff near Bristol is believed by some to be the site of the original Garden of Eden!

A proposed new hiking trail that will link Bristol in Liberty County with Chattahoochee in Gadsden County could bring a significant economic impact to areas both east and west of the Apalachicola River.

Two Egg TV’s Rachael Conrad attended a public hearing on the proposal and provides an in depth look at what it could mean:

The proposed route of the Chattahoochee to Bristol (C2B) Trail includes some of the most remarkable views in Florida along with such rare trees and plants as the Florida Torreya and the Florida Yew. The trail would link to existing trails at Torreya State Park and the Nature Conservancy’s Apalachicola Bluffs and Ravines Preserve.

A crowd of interested citizens attended a public hearing in Chattahoochee on May 22.

The Apalachee Regional Planning Council and Chattahoochee Main Street hosted a public hearing on the proposed trail on May 22nd. Among other key points, those present learned that the trail could be the start of a major system of trails that would link Liberty, Gadsden, Jackson and Bay Counties.

Suggestions were made for refining the proposed route of the trail to avoid flood-prone areas and to  provide better vistas.

A crowd of interested citizens attended a public hearing in Chattahoochee on May 22.

Several hunters asked what impact such a trail might have on hunting season in the area. They were told that any impact would be minimal because most hikers avoid trails during hunting season or make sure to wear orange so they can be seen.

Most of those attending agreed with Ben Chandler of Chattahoochee Main Street, who believes the proposed 20-mile trail will bring low impact tourism to the community.

He feels nature-oriented tourism will generate a good economic impact without damaging the pristine natural resources of the upper Apalachicola River or the peaceful charm of communities along the route.

The proposed trail would connect a series of existing systems such as Chattahoochee’s award-winning trails.

Rett Daniels, Director of Parks in Jackson County, agreed. He said the effort to route the Florida National Scenic Trail from the top of the Chattahoochee to Bristol Trail into Jackson County could provide a solid economic impact for rural communities.

Daniels said that the effort would require strong support from community members and would take several years to complete.

The final decision rests with the U.S. Forest Service, which supervises the Florida National Scenic Trail.

A map showing the proposed trail along with the suggested Jackson County extension of the Florida National Scenic Trail. 

Ghost Town of Butler, Florida

Butler and Butler’s Ferry (Butler Landing) as shown on a 1935 map of Jackson County, Florida.

Butler was a thriving Chattahoochee River community during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. It is a ghost town today.

The village was named for the Butler family that once lived there. At its height it was the location of a store, sawmill, gristmill, turpentine still, cotton gin and paddlewheel steamboat landing.

Butler was demolished in 1951, however, after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers acquired the site during the construction of the Jim Woodruff Dam. Lake Seminole, the 37,500 acre reservoir formed by the dam, was expected to flood community. The waters of the lake did rise and inundate parts of the site, but much of old Butler remains above water.

Click the play button to watch our special tour of the Ghost Town of Butler, Florida:

If you would like to visit the site of Butler, it is located within the Apalachee Wildlife Management Area 6.2 miles north of U.S. 90 at Sneads, Florida. The community surrounded the intersection of River Road (SR-271) and Butler Road.

This map will help you find it:

 

Gopher Tortoise Day in Two Egg, Florida

gopherHappy 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.

Two Egg TV celebrates with our new story on the history of gopher tortoises in Jackson and Washington Counties, Florida. Just click play to watch:

If you would like to learn even more about gopher tortoises, please consider this nicely produced story from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). Just click play to watch:

Here are some links for additional information, including coloring sheets and activity books for kids:

Flood Photos from Chattahoochee, Marianna, Bellamy Bridge & Lake Seminole

Here are some photos of the January flood of 2017 from Lake Seminole, Marianna, Bellamy Bridge and Chattahoochee:

The Apalachicola River is running high as water pours through the Jim Woodruff Dam at Chattahoochee.
The Apalachicola River is running high as water pours through the Jim Woodruff Dam at Chattahoochee.
Flood waters nearly surround the Great Platform Mound, one of seven prehistoric Indian mounds at River Landing Park in Chattahoochee.
Flood waters nearly surround the Great Platform Mound, one of seven prehistoric Indian mounds at River Landing Park in Chattahoochee.
Stage area at River Landing Park in Chattahoochee is surrounded by water.
Stage area at River Landing Park in Chattahoochee is surrounded by water.
Anglers doing some "fast water" fishing off River Landing Park at Chattahoochee. The U.S. 90 bridge is in the background.
Anglers doing some “fast water” fishing off River Landing Park at Chattahoochee. The U.S. 90 bridge is in the background.
The Apalachicola River is over its banks at Chattahoochee and can clearly be seen in this photo taken from the eastern approaches of the U.S. 90 bridge.
The Apalachicola River is over its banks at Chattahoochee and can clearly be seen in this photo taken from the eastern approaches of the U.S. 90 bridge.
Bellamy Bridge Heritage Trail on the Chipola River north of Marianna is completely flooded. This point is 1/2 mile from the Chipola River.
Bellamy Bridge Heritage Trail on the Chipola River north of Marianna is completely flooded. This point is 1/2 mile from the Chipola River.
Chipola River at Bellamy Bridge.
Chipola River at Bellamy Bridge.
Water up to the trailhead sign at the Bellamy Bridge Heritage Trail on the Chipola River north of Marianna.
Water up to the trailhead sign at the Bellamy Bridge Heritage Trail on the Chipola River north of Marianna.
The Chipola out of its banks and flooding part of Citizens Lodge Park on Caverns Road in Marianna.
The Chipola out of its banks and flooding part of Citizens Lodge Park on Caverns Road in Marianna.
Chipola River at flood stage as seen from Yancy Bridge on Caverns Road in Marianna.
Chipola River at flood stage as seen from Yancy Bridge on Caverns Road in Marianna.
Water fills the Chipola River floodplain at Yancy Bridge on Caverns Road in Marianna.
Water fills the Chipola River floodplain at Yancy Bridge on Caverns Road in Marianna.
Flooded boat ramp and docks at Parramore Landing Park on Lake Seminole in Jackson County, Florida.
Flooded boat ramp and docks at Parramore Landing Park on Lake Seminole in Jackson County, Florida.
Picnic area flooding at Parramore Landing Park.
Picnic area flooding at Parramore Landing Park.
Picnic area flooding at Parramore Landing Park on Lake Seminole in Jackson County, Florida.
Picnic area flooding at Parramore Landing Park on Lake Seminole in Jackson County, Florida.
Water over the boat ramp and fishing dock at Buena Vista Landing on Lake Seminole in Jackson County, Florida.
Water over the boat ramp and fishing dock at Buena Vista Landing on Lake Seminole in Jackson County, Florida.
Water overflowing the boat ramp at Neal's Landing Park on the Chattahoochee River arm of Lake Seminole.
Water overflowing the boat ramp at Neal’s Landing Park on the Chattahoochee River arm of Lake Seminole. The Chattahoochee River is visible in the background.
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High water at Neal’s Landing Park.
View from the Chipola River Overlook on East Jackson Street in Marianna.
Chipola River at Marianna, Florida.
Chipola River at Marianna, Florida. The U.S. 90 bridge is in the background.
Chipola River at Marianna, Florida. The U.S. 90 bridge is in the background.
Chipola River at Marianna, taken earlier today.
Chipola River Overlook at Marianna, Florida.

The Pensacola – St. Augustine Road: A remarkable journey down Highway 2 in the Florida Panhandle

The Pensacola – St. Augustine Road was the first road connecting the two historic capitals of Florida during the Colonial era. In this special feature, Two Egg TV’s Rachael Conrad searches for traces of the historic trail and finds much more than expected!

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Election Returns from Jackson County, Florida

Final unofficial election results from Jackson County, FL are now available. Just click the play button below to watch a video display of all local races:


 

UNOFFICIAL RESULTS: General Election in Jackson County, Florida

You can also watch a LIVE STREAM of tonight’s state and national election results from WFOX-TV in Jacksonville by clicking play below:


 

Courthouse Trees can be saved for under $5,000

Historic live oak at the Jackson County Courthouse in Marianna, Florida.
Historic live oak at the Jackson County Courthouse in Marianna, Florida.

Guy Meilleur, an ISA Board Certified Master Arborist, says his firm can save the historic trees at the Jackson County Courthouse for less than $5,000.

The amount is stunningly small in light of the estimate of more than $37,000 previously announced by the Board of County Commissioners.

The massive Fairchild Oak at Bulow Creek State Park.
The massive Fairchild Oak at Bulow Creek State Park.

Meilleur’s firm, Historic Tree Care, specializes in saving and caring for historic trees throughout the South. He has worked on the famed oak tree “The President” at the Florida School for the Deaf & Blind in St. Augustine and the “Fairchild Oak” at Bulow Creek State Park in Ormond Beach, as well as historic trees in Andersonville, Georgia, and numerous other locations.

Battle of Marianna reenactment under the oaks at Courthouse Square.
Battle of Marianna reenactment under the oaks at Courthouse Square.

How did Jackson County wind up with a proposal that quoted a price more than 700% higher than the estimate from a recognized authority on historic trees?

Meilleur indicates that the initial proposal given to the county by a Tallahassee firm includes a number of elements that he does not consider necessary.  “I saw nothing that indicated a need for tree removal or soil treatments or cables or lightning systems,” he wrote.

He indicated that pruning would reduce overextended limbs on all of the trees to help assure public safety and the future health of the trees themselves.

At their last meeting, the county commissioners voted to receive estimates for removing the trees. They indicate that they did so only to find out how much it would cost. The commission is scheduled to meet again tomorrow evening (Tuesday, 5/24) at 6 p.m., but the tree issue is not on their published agenda. This does not mean that they will not discuss the matter, only that no prior notice has been given to the public of plans to discuss it.

Meilleur has delivered his proposal to interim county administrator Pam Pichard.

His firm’s website is www.historictreecare.com.

Historic grist mill in Jackson County, Florida

The historic Sexton Mill (also called the Kent Mill or Dilmore Mill) is located near Alford in the picturesque lakes country of Jackson County, Florida.  Built in 1884, it is still operational and is a unique reminder of times gone by.

With this report we also welcome Robert Daffin, formerly of Chipola College TV’s Southern Heritage show to Two Egg TV!

To see other great historic sites and “off the beaten path” places, visit our main page at www.twoegg.tv.