Who built a mysterious stone structure that now rests on the bottom of Lake Seminole?
No one has seen the strange building in nearly 60 years, but speculation about it has focused on everyone from the ancient Mayans or Irish to General Andrew Jackson!
Two Egg TV has launched an expedition to find the structure. Rachael Conrad has Parts 1, 2 & 3 of our special series:
Jackson’s Oven stood near Rhodes’ Ferry Landing on Spring Creek prior to the completion of the Jim Woodruff Dam in 1958. We go beneath the waters of the lake in Part Two of this series as our search gets underway. We will post a link to that part as soon as it is available.
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.
It was a completely unexpected and stunning sight. Leaving a wake larger than passing boats, the massive creature was photographed from more than one-quarter mile away as it made its way up Lake Seminole from the vicinity of the Jim Woodruff Dam.
Lake Seminole is known for its enormous alligators, but this one may be the biggest of them all. It is impossible to estimate its exact size, but some idea can be obtained from these photographs taken from the Jim Woodruff Dam Overlook in Sneads, Florida, by Two Egg TV.
The overlook is atop a high bluff that provides a spectacular view of the dam and lake. The gigantic alligator can be seen in both close-ups and wide shots as it moves north from the dam, leaving an enormous wake behind. These photographs were taken from atop the bluff, which rises more than 30-feet above the shore of the lake, and from a distance estimated at between 1/4 and 1/2 of a mile away.
Even from that distance, its size and outline is very clear.
Lake Seminole is located on the line that divides Florida from Georgia and was created in 1958 by the damming of the forks of the Chattahoochee and Flint Rivers. It covers 37,500 acres and is popular for fishing, boating, skiing, birding and a host of outdoor activities. It is also a great place to see alligators in the wild.
And lest you have any doubt that prehistoric monsters lurk beneath its surface and along its banks, the largest alligator ever found in Georgia was killed on the lake in 2013 by permitted alligator hunters. The monster weighed 620 pounds and and measured 13′ 10.75″ long.
In fact, the record Lake Seminole alligator was 1.75″ longer than the previous state record, a 13′ 9″ alligator also found in Lake Seminole.
Is the new Lake Seminole Monster even bigger? It is impossible to say. Measuring sizes from such distances can be deceptive. There is no doubt, however, that a massive alligator still inhabits Lake Seminole.
Jackson County, Florida, where these photos were taken, is also the setting for the coming monster movie CobraGator! Just worth noting….