Abandoned Homestead Site in The Green Swamp (Part One)

Over the years I have explored many areas of The Green Swamp Preserve located in central, Florida. It is a scenic and vast place that spans 4 counties so there is a lot to explore. The area is rich in history as well so I enjoy learning about and tracking down of that kind ofContinue reading “Abandoned Homestead Site in The Green Swamp (Part One)”

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”

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”

Radar Hill in Citrus County

There is a place off the beaten path in Withlacoochee State Forest known to many locals as “Radar Hill” and when I first learned of that name I wanted to find out more about the history behind it. I have hiked around the area and this part of the forest reminds me of a scenicContinue reading “Radar Hill in Citrus 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”

Turpentine Camp at Richloam Wildlife Management Area

Exploring in this area of Withlacoochee State Forest near Lacoochee I may have found remains from an old turpentine camp. Around the area were herty cups both clay and metal ones. Along with some bricks, barrel rings and other evidence from the past. This site may have been associated with The Dutton Still. During the lateContinue reading “Turpentine Camp at Richloam Wildlife Management Area”

The Ghost Town of Sturkey in The Green Swamp

In an area of The Green Swamp I found this site while I was searching for a ghost town known as “Sturkey”. You can see the town still shown on some maps. So I made it an adventure to go and try find it, the site can be found by an old railroad grade inContinue reading “The Ghost Town of Sturkey in The Green Swamp”

“Etna” Ghost Town in Withlacoochee State Forest

In the Withlacoochee State Forest I found an old ghost town called “Etna”. It was a turpentine camp from 1898 to 1915 and it has long since vanished. When I arrived at the site the area was heavily wooded with many overgrown trails. I imagine these trails were once old roads for the town. I explored around theContinue reading ““Etna” Ghost Town in Withlacoochee State Forest”