“Florida Trailblazer” Featured in Lutz, Land O’ Lakes and Wesley Chapel Magazines in Pasco County, Florida

I am honored and extremely grateful to be featured in the September 2019 issues of Wesley Chapel, Lutz and Land O’ Lakes Magazines distributed in Pasco County, Florida. Pasco County is a local stomping ground for me where there are many wilderness areas and historical sites to see and learn about. So over the yearsContinue reading ““Florida Trailblazer” Featured in Lutz, Land O’ Lakes and Wesley Chapel Magazines in Pasco County, Florida”

St. Francis Trail in Ocala National Forest (St. Francis Ghost Town)

I enjoy exploring the St. Francis Trail in Ocala National Forest it leads you through a scenic wilderness and to a historical ghost town site. There is a kiosk at the trailhead that describes some of the history on the town. Today the town is long gone and nature has reclaimed the area. Walking throughContinue reading “St. Francis Trail in Ocala National Forest (St. Francis Ghost Town)”

Coleman Church Cemetery in Alachua County

This is an old African-American cemetery that I explored in the backwoods of Alachua County. Many of these cemeteries around the state are becoming lost to time and neglect so I am trying to explore and document them as I can. This particular one may be kept up from time to time from the looksContinue reading “Coleman Church Cemetery in Alachua County”

Orleans Ghost Town in Citrus County

Orleans was one of the many ghost towns that existed in Citrus County back in the late 1800’s. It was a small community with maybe a population of around 100 or so. It was settled in 1885 but didn’t last very much longer after that. The town may have began to fade after the greatContinue reading “Orleans Ghost Town in Citrus County”

Alto Ghost Town in Sumter County

Exploring in the wilderness of Half Moon Wildlife Management Area you may not know but at one there was a small community out here in the late 1800’s known as Alto. The preserve is located in Sumter County and has many layers of history. Initially I learned about Alto Cemetery and that lead to meContinue reading “Alto Ghost Town in Sumter County”

Osceola Ghost Town in Seminole County

This is a neat place to visit at Lake Harney Wilderness Area, where up until the mid-1900’s was the site of Osceola a former sawmill town. There is a historical marker at the parking area that describes the history of the area. I followed some of the trails around to see what I may beContinue reading “Osceola Ghost Town in Seminole County”

Centralia Ghost Town in Hernando County

Located in Hernando County was once the boom town of Centralia during the early 1900’s. The town was mainly based around the logging industry and had one of the largest sawmills in the south at the time. Many towns were established from the logging and turpentine industries which were very big during this time. ThisContinue reading “Centralia Ghost Town in Hernando County”

Croom Ghost Town in Withlacoochee State Forest

For years I have been exploring the various sections of Withlacoochee State Forest, with so many places to roam and history to experience I find myself returning time and time again. Recently I have been focusing on documenting various ghost towns around Florida and there were several located within the Withlacoochee State Forest. So IContinue reading “Croom Ghost Town in Withlacoochee State Forest”

Brewster Ghost Town in Polk County

In this area of Polk County many towns sprung up from the phosphate industry. It is also known as “Bone Valley” because of all the fossils that have been found throughout this part of central Florida. Bone Valley is a window to Florida’s prehistoric past, when massive sharks and whales inhabited the waters, along withContinue reading “Brewster Ghost Town in Polk County”

Markham Ghost Town in Seminole County

I’ve been exploring sections of this area known as Markham Woods in Seminole County where the old town of Markham was. Markham was founded around 1875 by William Markhamand it was a turpentine and sawmill town. Many small towns in Florida during this time were based around these industries. In some places I could see oldContinue reading “Markham Ghost Town in Seminole County”