Mayo in Lafayette County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Mayo, County Seat of Lafayette County
Sponsored by the Florida Department of State
Sandra B. Mortham, Secretary of State
Erected 1995 by Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-368.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Notable Buildings • Political Subdivisions. A significant historical year for this entry is 1892.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 120 West Main Street, Mayo FL 32066, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within walking distance of this marker. Lafayette County (within shouting distance of this marker).
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1. James Micajah Mayo. James Micajah Mayo (died 1897) studied law at the University of Virginia. In October of 1861, following the outbreak of the Civil War, he was appointed to the rank of Captain in the Confederate States Army. On October 8, 1868, he married Florence Lyon. The union bore eight children, five of whom were still living in the 1960s. About 1886 he moved his family to Ocala, Florida. He became a land speculator, and an officer of a budding railroad. One story is that when a panhandle county was looking for a new site as its county seat, it was suggested that if Mayo would run a railroad line to a certain location within the county, the developer would name the place “Mayo.” (Submitted on April 15, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Lafayette County, Florida (Wikipedia). The county seat was New Troy until the court house burned down on New Year's Eve, 1892. It was moved to Mayo in 1893, and Mayo is currently Lafayette's only incorporated town. The moving of the courthouse was the end for New Troy; houses were dismantled for their timber and bricks, hardwoods replaced the fields, steamboat traffic ended in 1899, and the ferry closed in 1917. (Submitted on April 15, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on April 15, 2019. It was originally submitted on April 14, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 180 times since then and 53 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on April 14, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on April 15, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.