The Hampton Springs Hotel Site in Taylor County

Hampton Springs Hotel

Hampton Springs Hotel

Just outside of Perry is the old Hampton Springs Hotel Site. The history I learned about on this place is that an early Taylor County settler whose wife suffered from rheumatism, was directed by an Indian to these springs. When the water eased her pain and stiffness, Hampton obtained a government grant to the spring area. Although I am not sure how accurate that story is…

Benjamin W. and Joseph L. Hampton did purchase the land for $400 from John and Ana Carlton in 1879. The Hamptons eventually formed the Hampton Springs Hotel and Mineral Company. In 1908 the first part of the hotel was built and had a two story structure with about 70 rooms. The sulphuric spring bubbled up into an indoor swimming pool and the overflow was channeled back into the river. The hotel expanded in 1915 and had all the trappings of a luxury resort. People from all around came here to experience the “healing” waters of this spring.

The hotel eventually burned down in 1954 and was the area was abandoned. Today it is now a park where some of the ruins are still visible and the spring still flows into the pool. It is a great place to visit to take in some history and there are even some nice nature trails around the area to explore.

My Video

The Historic Hampton Springs Hotel Ruins in Taylor County

Resources

Hampton Springs Historical Information

Hampton Springs on Ghost Towns of Florida by Mike Woodfin

Old Photo of Hampton Springs Hotel on Florida Memory

Old Photo of Hampton Springs Bath House on Florida Memory

Hampton Springs Hotel on Florida Memory

Location: Exploring at Hampton Springs

Hampton Springs Hotel Ruins

Hampton Springs Hotel Ruins

Hampton Spring

Hampton Spring

Hampton Spring

Hampton Spring

Old Pool at Hampton Springs

Old Pool at Hampton Springs

Old Pool at Hampton Springs

Old Pool at Hampton Springs

Hampton Springs

Hampton Springs

Foundation at Hampton Springs Hotel Site

Foundation at Hampton Springs Hotel Site

Ruins at Hampton Springs Hotel Site

Ruins at Hampton Springs Hotel Site

Hampton Spring

Hampton Spring

Hampton Spring

Hampton Spring

Hampton Springs Hotel Site

Hampton Springs Hotel Site

Hampton Springs Hotel Ruins

Hampton Springs Hotel Ruins

Old Pool at Hampton Springs

Old Pool at Hampton Springs

Roadside History: Old Railroad Trestle at Dowling Park in Suwannee County

This is an old railroad trestle I found while exploring around the Dowling Park Area in Suwannee County. The trestle crosses over the Suwannee River there and is a fascinating piece of history to see.

Old Railroad Trestle over The Suwannee River

Old Railroad Trestle

The railroad line and trestle were once part of the Live Oak, Perry and Gulf Railroad. It started as a log road of the R.L. Dowling & Sons Lumber Co. out of Live Oak, Florida in the mid 1890’s. The railroad was slowly built towards the Suwannee River and was known as the R.L. Dowling Shortline. The town name was eventually changed to Dowling Park and a sawmill was built there. in 1905 Thomas Dowling helped establish the Dowling Lumber and Naval Stores Company with locations in Live Oak. In Live Oak his relative Robert L. Dowling’s sawmill stood, the Live Oak, Perry and Gulf Railroad machine shops would later reside there and also in Dowling Park. Dowling also established several other lumber companies around the state.

I explored around the trestle and the surrounding woods and found old paths which may have been used for roads at one time. I saw pieces of old metal and bricks in different areas along there but the main thing to experience here is the trestle. I still would like to search around more extensively though to see what else I can discover.

There is a boat ramp and parking area nearby and where you can access the trestle from. It is a great place to enjoy some roadside history, just be careful around the trestle and do not attempt to cross over it. I posted a couple of my videos below, some photos and my hiking route around the trestle. Be sure to check out the historical links I listed below as well to learn more, enjoy!

My Videos
 
Resources
 
The Old Railroad Grade

The Old Railroad Grade

View of Trestle

View of Trestle

View of Trestle

View of Trestle

Old Railroad Trestle

Old Railroad Trestle

Under The Trestle

Under The Trestle

Old Debris by Trestle

Old Debris by Trestle

Old Trails by Trestle

Old Trails by Trestle

Trail to Trestle

Trail to Trestle

Roadside History: Pershing Highway in Tiger Bay State Forest (Part One)

Old Deland Rd (Pershing Highway)

Old Deland Rd (Pershing Highway)

Part of the Pershing Highway can be found in Tiger Bay State Forest. This historical road was built in 1917 and was the first highway to connect DeLand to Daytona Beach. It was used up until Hwy 92 opened , the road became abandoned in 1947.

If you are passing by this area it’s a nice little stop off where you can experience a little bit of history. You can drive on parts of the road in this section, plus there are some nice areas to explore in the forest as well.

As you pull off the now busy highway into the forest it’s hard to imagine that this one lane brick road was once the main highway through here. You can access the road from several points along US Hwy 92 along where it cuts through the forest.

My Video

The Pershing Highway

Resources

Volusia County Roads and History

Out in The Boonies: Tiger Bay State Forest

Tiger Bay State Forest

Map-Location

Pershing Highway

Pershing Highway

Pershing Highway

Pershing Highway

Pershing Highway

Pershing Highway