Near Ellaville in Madison County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Drew Mansion Site / The Town of Ellaville
Erected 1972 by
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Government & Politics • Settlements & Settlers • Waterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1970.
Location. 30° 23.183′ N, 83° 10.5′ W. Marker is near Ellaville, Florida, in Madison County. Marker is on NE Drew Way, ¼ mile east of U.S. 90, on the left when traveling east. 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. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lee FL 32059, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Florida Honors and Remembers our POW’s and MIA’s (approx. 4.3 miles away); a different marker also named Florida Honors and Remembers our POW’s and MIA’s (approx. 4.6 miles away); Peace Offering (approx. 9.2 miles away); Middle Florida Missionary Baptist Association / Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church (approx. 10.3 miles away); The Douglass Center (approx. 12.3 miles away); Plot Exposed (approx. 12.8 miles away); Lynnette Ricketson Millennium Park (approx. 12.9 miles away); To Honor Stephen Collins Foster (approx. 13 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, 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.)
Credits. This page was last revised on May 5, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 14, 2009. This page has been viewed 4,301 times since then and 106 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on June 14, 2009. 4, 5. submitted on May 4, 2020, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. 6. submitted on June 14, 2009. 7, 8, 9. submitted on January 18, 2011, by Tracy Albert of Apopka, Florida. 10. submitted on June 14, 2009. 11. submitted on March 29, 2011, by Janet Politano Nix of Callahan, Florida. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.