Welcome to the White Springs Historic District
First known to white settlers as "Mineral Springs" and "Upper Mineral Springs," the settlement that developed around the springs was also known to plantation and pioneer families as "Rebel's Refuge" during the Civil War. While the timber industry fueled the town's incorporation in 1885, the town was also well known as a prosperous vacation destination. During its heyday as a resort, thousands of tourists enjoyed the town's Spring House, river boardwalks, and more than 500 hotel and boarding house rooms.
Today, the timber and phosphate industries are the focus of the local economy, and modern tourists enjoy the more than 5,000 acres of public lands surrounding
Just two miles north of town, the Big Shoals on the Suwannee River offer the only stretch of whitewater in the state. Depending on river levels, the shoals challenge canoeists and kayakers with Class III rapids.
Each year, the town hosts the
Florida Folk Festival, The Jeanie with the
Light Brown Hair vocal competition, an
Antique Tractor and Engine Show, Rural
Folklife Days, and many other events and
festivals showcasing the rich local heritage
at the Stephen Foster Center. Thousands
of cyclists roll into town to traverse
hundreds of miles of biking and biking
trails throughout the year.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Settlements & Settlers • Waterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1885.
Location. 30° 19.764′ N, 82° 45.547′ W. Marker is in White Springs, Florida, in Hamilton County. Marker is on Bridge Street south of Spring Street (U.S. 41), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 10499 Spring Street, White Springs FL 32096, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Residents of White Springs (within shouting distance of this marker); Agriculture Industry in White Springs
Also see . . . Wikipedia article on White Springs. (Submitted on March 8, 2020, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Credits. This page was last revised on March 8, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 8, 2020, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 121 times since then and 43 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on March 8, 2020, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.