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Near Ellaville in Madison County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Drew Mansion Site / The Town of Ellaville

 
 
Drew Mansion Site Marker image. Click for full size.
circa May 2009
1. Drew Mansion Site Marker


Inscription. [Front]
Drew Mansion Site
Located approximately one-half mile to the northwest is the site of the Drew Mansion, home of George F. Drew, governor of Florida during the difficult period of readjustment following Civil War Reconstruction, 1877-1881. Built in the late 1860's, the two-story mansion with its beautiful color-matched oak parquet floors was surrounded by formal gardens and was one of the first homes in the area to have modern utilities. This once elegant landmark of Florida's past was destroyed by fire in 1970.
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The Town of Ellaville
Closely related to the career of Governor George F. Drew was the sawmill and manufacturing complex of Ellaville, established by Drew in the mid-1860's. The present Route 90 led through this town of several hundred people. The ruins of the sawmill are on the west bank of the Withlcoochee River near its confluence with the Suwannee. Ellaville fourished as long as the yellow pine lasted. It declined after 1900 and ceased to exist when the Post Office closed in 1942.
 
Erected 1972 by the Family of Robert L. Millinor in cooperation with Department of State. (Marker Number F-200.)
 
Location. 30° 23.183′ 
Drew Mansion Site Marker image. Click for full size.
circa May 2009
2. Drew Mansion Site Marker
Reverse of Drew Mansion marker
N, 83° 10.5′ W. Marker is near Ellaville, Florida, in Madison County. Marker is on NE Drew Way mile east of U.S. 90, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in rural Madison County, Florida, north and west of where US Highway 90 crosses the Suwannee River. Take the first road leading off the north side of US Highway 90 west of its bridge over the Suwannee. Proceed east on the paved road to near its dead end. Marker is at the entrance to a day-use picnic area and park, directly across the street from a closed restaurant. Marker is in this post office area: Lee FL 32059, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lynnette Ricketson Millennium Park (approx. 12.9 miles away).
 
More about this marker. Just west of the marker is the old US Highway 90 bridge over the Suwannee, which was closed to vehicular traffic when the current bridge was opened. It is still open to foot traffic, and is used by hikers coming from Suwannee River State Park to access the trails on the west bank of the river.
 
Regarding Drew Mansion Site / The Town of Ellaville. The remains of Drew Mansion consist of its brick foundations and steps, deep in the woods to the northwest of the marker. Access is by a fairly well marked,
Drew Mansion Site Marker image. Click for full size.
circa September 2008
3. Drew Mansion Site Marker
View of marker facing east. Old Highway 90 bridge in background.
but poorly maintained, trail through a portion of the Twin Rivers State Forest. Maps are available at the Suwannee River State Park on the east bank of the Suwannee.

Some remains of the Town of Ellaville are visible in the woods north and west of the marker. They consist of fragments of brick foundation pillars.
 
Also see . . .
1. Ellaville - Ghost Town. Vintage photos and information on the Drew Mansion and town of Ellaville. (Submitted on June 16, 2009.) 

2. The Drew Family and Their Sawmills. (Submitted on June 16, 2009.)
 
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Drew Mansion Site Marker image. Click for full size.
circa May 2009
4. Drew Mansion Site Marker
View of marker facing east, showing entrance to picnic area.
Partial Foundation of Drew Mansion image. Click for full size.
By Tracy Albert, January 16, 2011
5. Partial Foundation of Drew Mansion
This is the brick cellar foundation of the ruined Drew Mansion. My friends are retouched out. We found the ruins about 2 o' clock to the picnic table as you find it on the blue blaze trail, about 100 feet away.
Partial Foundation of Ruined Drew Mansion image. Click for full size.
By Tracy Albert, January 16, 2011
6. Partial Foundation of Ruined Drew Mansion
Drew Mansion approximately 1870 image. Click for full size.
By Tracy Albert, January 16, 2011
7. Drew Mansion approximately 1870
Picture of the Drew Mansion from an informational sign along the blue blaze trail. Caption reads, "Home of George F. Drew aaround 1870 was the social center of the area. Notice the elaborate gardens."
Closed restaurant across street from Drew Mansion Site Marker image. Click for full size.
circa September 2008
8. Closed restaurant across street from Drew Mansion Site Marker
Abandoned Building in Ellaville, Florida image. Click for full size.
By Janet Politano Nix, March 15, 2011
9. Abandoned Building in Ellaville, Florida
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on . This page has been viewed 3,606 times since then and 268 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on .   5, 6, 7. submitted on , by Tracy Albert of Apopka, Florida.   8. submitted on .   9. submitted on , by Janet Politano Nix of Callahan, Florida. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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