Roadside History: Ghost Town of Green Pond (Old Grove Barn)

Old Grove Barn

Old Grove Barn

In Polk County is the old community of Green Pond. The community began back in 1879 with The Green Pond Baptist church being founded there in 1890. The old church is gone and many of the old buildings but one of them still remains.

This structure was once the grove barn for the nearby citrus Grove. I found it on Green Pond Rd just before Green Pond Cemetery. It can be seen from the road and is a reminder of days gone by. I am not sure how old it is but if I can find out more information I’ll update this post. Check out these photos and my video for a good look at the place. If you are passing through this old community be sure to check out some of the roadside history!

My Video

Old Grove Barn in Green Pond

Resources

Ghost Town of Green Pond

Location

Road Sign by Structure

Road Sign by Structure

Old Grove Barn

Old Grove Barn

Old Grove Barn

Old Grove Barn

Inside The Grove Barn

Inside The Grove Barn

Inside The Grove Barn

Inside The Grove Barn

Old Grove Barn

Old Grove Barn

Exploring The Ghost Town of “Acron” in Lake County

Exploring by Acron Ghost Town

Exploring by Acron Ghost Town

After learning about the ghost town of “Acron” in Lake County I went out to the area to try to find the townsite and see what could possibly remain. According to some maps I found that the location is just north of Paisley in the Ocala National Forest area. It was challenging trying to narrow down an area to cover since it is a large area, I didn’t really know where to begin.

Thinking back on the research and knowing that the town had a sawmill the site would’ve been close to water or a transportation line of some kind. So I looked for old roads, railroad lines or water areas to explore around. Another part of the research also indicates that the town had several spellings for its name. One of them was “Akron” and with this clue I narrowed down my search to around Lake Akron which was nearby. There are a maze of dirt roads in the woods there I picked one that lead me to the lake. 

Along the way I managed to find some possible evidence from the townsite. In one of the clearings I saw a lot of old bottles and glass scattered about. I followed the area further in where I saw bits of ceramics, metal, wood and even and old license plate on the ground. It was obvious that I found a site related to the town just not sure what it was. I didn’t see any structural remains or bricks like I have at similar sites but I still have more to explore here.

Here is more history on the town:  John C. Campbell was the first postmaster when the post office was established in 1877. Acron originally had a population of 30 but grew in time to 300 residents. The Acron School was established in 1875 with Sara Campbell as its first teacher, Flora Call was the second. Flora was the mother of Walt Disney. This two-story log school also served as a church house and local Mason meetings. Campbell housed the post office in his home which for a time was also used as the local hotel. The original Campbell home was demolished in 1910. The community has since disappeared. Pioneer family names consist of Campbell, Lever, Perkins, Blecha, and the Rev. Charles Jarvis Clark.

My Videos

Exploring The Ghost Town of Acron in Lake County

Old Townsite of Acron in Ocala National Forest

Resources

Ghost Town of Acron by Mike Woodfin

Paiseley, Florida, Walt Disney’s Roots

Lake Akron

Lake Akron

Old Town Road

Old Town Road

Old License Plate

Old License Plate

Old Bottles and Glass

Old Bottles and Glass

Remains around Town Site

Remains around Town Site

Roadside History: The Patterson-McInnis Steam Locomotive

Patterson-McInnis Train

Patterson-McInnis Train

This is part of a series of posts known as “Roadside History”. These posts will feature historical sites you can find along various roadways around Florida while on your travels.

Near Gulf Hammock in Levy County on US Hwy 19 / US 98 on the western side of the road you can see this relic of history. It is an old steam locomotive known as the Patterson-McInnis Steam Locomotive. It was built in the early 1900’s to haul logs from the area woodlands to the sawmill. It often pulled 40 cars and was retired from service around WWII. The engine was donated to Levy County in 1969 by the Patterson-McInnis lumber company.

Today it is restored and on display, there is a historical marker by it describing the history. “This locomotive, known locally as “Three Spot”, often pulled 30 to 40 cars as it transported logs from area woodlands to the Patterson-McInnis Sawmill. Originally a wood burning engine thought to be built around 1915, it was converted to steam during its service, which ended about World War II. The locomotive was donated to Levy County by the Paterson-McInnis Lumber Company in 1969 and maintained by the Florida Department of Transportation in the Gulf Hammock Wayside Park.”

Here are the directions to the site be sure to check it out sometime and experience some roadside history!

My Video

Patterson-McInnis Steam Train

Resources

Patterson-McInnis Train Marker

Patterson-McInnis Locomotive early 1900's

Patterson-McInnis Locomotive early 1900’s

Patterson-McInnis Steam Locomotive 2015

Patterson-McInnis Steam Locomotive 2015

Patterson-McInnis Steam Locomotive 2015

Patterson-McInnis Steam Locomotive 2015

Dedication Marker

Dedication Marker