Historical Florida

Venture into history and experience old Florida, here are some recommended places to visit around the state, enjoy the adventures!

The Goethe Giant is an ancient Cypress Tree located in Goethe State Forest it is estimated to be over 900 years old. Goethe State Forest is located in Levy County. The tree can be found in the forest on the Big Cypress Boardwalk Trail.

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The Ellis Mize Gravesite is located in Alachua County at Fairbanks Cemetery. Just some of the fascinating history in this area. The Mize family operated a turpentine still up until 1950. Ellis Mize lived from 1862 until 1967. Because of his love for the pine tree industry, Mize had his granite tombstone carved to resemble a “working face” pine tree. There is a historical marker outside of the cemetery.

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This is an old cemetery located at Indian Lake State Forest dating back to the mid 1800’s. You can hike to it from some of the trails here, a beautiful forest with some fascinating history to see. Please be respectful of the cemetery when visiting. Here is some of the history behind the place: “Before Ocala and Silver Springs were developed, there were Indians that lived in this area. The Indians loved the lake and the area around it. They held their Pow-wows near the lake and their children loved to swim in the warm waters of Indian Lake. The Indians held sacred rites for their dead and buried them in sacred areas throughout the forest. Later American settlers moved into the area and forced out the Indians. The settlers, who like the Indians, loved Indian lake and the surrounding area. Around 1845 the settlers built a small whitewashed church near the lake and around 1851 they established this small cemetery. This cemetery includes some veterans from the war of 1812 and Civil War as well as some of the first settlers in the area.”

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