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. […]

A traveling salesman, a Marianna cave and a pit filled with snakes

The bizarre story of a traveling salesman and a pit filled with snakes in a Marianna cave shocked readers of The New York Times on February 12, 1897. The tale was datelined from Jackson County on the previous day. According to the report, “a party of drummers” or traveling salesmen were in Marianna for a visit […]

“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 […]

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 […]

The Spirit of the Spring: A Legend of Love at Jackson Blue Spring

The following is a legend that was handed down by earliest settlers of Jackson County. The story took place long before the first Spaniard set foot in Florida and on Blue Springs near Marianna. The spectacular natural fountain is the only first magnitude spring in the entire Chipola River Basin. The state and most divers […]

Double Lynching at Marianna, Florida

Lynching is usually represented to be a racial crime – and it often was – but the first recorded lynching in Jackson County had nothing to do with race. A mob strung up James Avant and William Powers in Marianna on June 20, 1845. Both men were white: In our last paper we spoke of […]

Robinson’s Sugar Mill is a forgotten landmark of early Jackson County

The woods just north of Blue Hole Spring at Florida Caverns State Park hide the ruins of what is likely the oldest masonry structure in Jackson County, Florida. The Robinson Sugar Mill dates from the earliest days of American settlement in the county, a time when sugar was a major industry and Jackson County’s major […]

A fantastic day at Florida Caverns State Park

The annual Caverns Cultural Celebration & Battle of Marianna Reenactment turned out great despite the offshore threat posed by Tropical Storm Nate! The event drew hundreds of people to Florida Caverns State Park for a day that featured living history, exhibits, food, live entertainment and the annual reenactment. The weather held off and the crowd […]