Month: May 2015

Tung Nut Depot in San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park

I was searching for an old site in San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park known as the “Tung Nut Depot”. It was associated with the tung oil industry which was well-established in Alachua County by the 1930s. Tung oil is extracted from the ‘nut’…

Finding The Old Grove Park African-American Cemetery in Alachua County

I have been trying to find the location of this African-American cemetery located in the old community of Grove Park in Alachua County. I finally found the cemetery after a couple of attempts in the woods by Phifer Flatwoods Preserve not far from The…

Searching for Homestead Sites in Richloam Wildlife Management Area

I have been exploring some lately at The Richloam Wildlife Management Area in Sumter County in an area known as Baird Unit. It is a big place with over 11,000 acres of property and many miles of forest roads, multi-use and side trails to wander….

Exploring the Trails at Ichetucknee Springs State Park

When you think of Ichetucknee Springs State Park you may envision the beautiful springs there. But at the North Entrance of the park there are some scenic and historical trails you can explore. There are three different hiking trails. Blue Hole Trail: A half-mile walk through…

Remains of an Old Homestead in The Green Swamp

In The Green Swamp just west of The Van Fleet State Trail I found what remains of an old homestead. I followed some forest roads back to a clearing where the site once was. I imagined what it must have been like to live…

Back in Time… Exploring an Old Homestead Site in The Green Swamp

Let’s take a trip back in time… To an old homestead I found in The Green Swamp where I felt like I was transported back to another time. When homesteaders lived here by an old railroad grade in the early to mid-1900’s. When I…