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 […]

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 […]

First Jackson Co. Deputy Sheriff killed in line of duty was 24-years old

Jackson County’s first law enforcement officer to die in the line of duty was a 24-year old deputy sheriff who was shot by an outlaw less than two years after Florida became part of the United States. John T.J. Trippe, a deputy to Sheriff William M. Loftin, died on September 19, 1825. No county records […]

The Monster Lizard of Shangri-La Cave

One of my favorite old legends about Jackson County is the story of the Monster Lizard of Shangri-La Cave. Early white settlers learned the story from the Lower Creek Indians who still lived in the county after the transfer of Florida from Spain to the United States in 1821. It tells of a monstrous lizard […]

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

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 […]