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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Overnight River Level Updates – 1/7/2017

OVERNIGHT UPDATE (1/7/2017) More rain is falling across the area but it is too soon to know what impact it might have on river levels. The Choctawhatchee had crested at Pittman and Caryville, the Chipola had crested at Marianna and the Apalachicola had crested at Chattahoochee but that was before the overnight rains. Here are […]