Vacapachasie: Black Seminole chief in Jackson County, Florida

The story of the maroons or “Black Seminoles” is one of the most interesting in Florida history. Maroons were escaped slaves. Slavery was against the law in Spanish Florida for much of its colonial history. In fact, the first American “Underground Railroad” ran south, not north.  African slaves from the Carolinas slipped south through the […]

Sneads landmarks named to 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 […]

Ghost Town of Butler, 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 […]

Historic River Road in Sneads, Florida

Historic River Road (SR 271) leads from Sneads north along the Florida side of Lake Seminole. It is one of the oldest roads in Florida: See more “off the beaten path” places by viewing our current program stream at http://twoegg.tv. Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Pinterest Reddit

The Lake Seminole Monster?

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 […]

John Gorrie statue threatened with removal

A South Florida legislator wants to see the statue of Dr. John Gorrie pulled down and removed from the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. Dr. Gorrie, a 19th century resident of Apalachicola, was the inventor of the ice machine and artificial refrigeration. His work and theories paved the way for the development of air conditioning, […]