Turpentine History at Goethe State Forest

Over the years I have been exploring the woods of Goethe State Forest located in Levy County. There is a rich history here along with a scenic wilderness to roam. I always seem to find something new there when I visit, everything from old homestead sites, to railroad history and even an old gravesite. RecentlyContinue reading “Turpentine History at Goethe State Forest”

Video Diary: Old Phosphate Mine in Citrus County

This was a really neat exploration I did in Citrus County where some of the old phosphate mining took place back in the 1800’s. Phosphate was and still is a big industry throughout Florida and is used for many purposes. This particular mine was located near the towns of Dunnellon and Hernando, it was nearContinue reading “Video Diary: Old Phosphate Mine in Citrus County”

Old Homestead Sites at Triple N Ranch Wildlife Management Area

  I explored at Triple N Ranch Wildlife Management Area located in Osceola County by the small town of Holopaw. It is a large area with around 16,000 acres of property that has many trails to hike and places to roam. The area has a lot of history as well, the area was part of theContinue reading “Old Homestead Sites at Triple N Ranch Wildlife Management Area”

Abandoned Richloam Fire Tower in Withlacoochee State Forest

For sometime now I have been wanting to climb this abandoned fire tower located in the Withlacoochee State Forest at the Richloam Tract. It was always something that was a bit intimidating for me but I finally got the courage to climb it. The tower is open to the public but visitors must climb itContinue reading “Abandoned Richloam Fire Tower in Withlacoochee State Forest”

Lone Gravesite at Andrews Wildlife Management Area

I have always enjoyed the scenic wilderness along this part of the Suwannee River at Andrews Wildlife Management Area. There are many trails and recreational opportunities here. Some of the history includes logging and agricultural uses going back to the 1800’s, the land was purchased by the Andrews family in 1945, they managed the land for outdoorContinue reading “Lone Gravesite at Andrews Wildlife Management Area”

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”

Video Diary: Hike to Bailey Mine in Levy County

This is a video I put together from an area known as the Watermelon Pond Tract in Levy County. It is actually a section of Goethe State Forest but just not connected to the main part. There is a trailhead that can be found near the town of Archer known as Bailey Mine Trailhead. IfContinue reading “Video Diary: Hike to Bailey Mine in Levy County”

Pershing Highway in Tiger Bay State Forest (Interpretive Trail)

There is some interesting history in this part of Tiger Bay State Forest located in Volusia County known as the old Pershing Highway. It was a brick road constructed in the early 1900’s and was the first highway to connect DeLand to Daytona Beach. The road was abandoned in the late 1940’s once the modernContinue reading “Pershing Highway in Tiger Bay State Forest (Interpretive Trail)”

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”