Exploring The Ghost Town of Oriole in Withlacoochee State Forest (Sugar Mill Ruins)

Oriole Sugar Mill Ruins

Oriole Sugar Mill Ruins

The town of Oriole existed in Hernando County around the 1880’s. The town site is located not far from Croom, another ghost town. The town was settled in 1884 around a phosphate mine. The post office closed in 1898 and soon after Oriole became a ghost town. The mines were operated by Oriole Mining Company up until around 1915. Today the area is part of The Withlacoochee State Forest where you can discover a lot of history including the Oriole Cemetery.

On this adventure out there I found what looks to be remains of a sugar mill. It wasn’t that far from the railroad grade which is now the Withlacoochee State Trail. I explored around in the woods there and saw the foundations and large bolts on them where other stuff was attached. Nearby were the boilers in the ground as well. I didn’t see much else around the area other than some pits and old containers in them. Further up from here there is an old tram road that leads back to Oriole Mines It was fascinating seeing these ruins and being to able to experience the history still here that is over 100 years old.

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Part of the Boiler

Part of the Boiler

Sugar Mil Ruins

Sugar Mil Ruins

Sugar Mill Ruins

Sugar Mill Ruins

Foundations

Foundations

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