“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Suwannee County Florida Historical Markers

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By Julie Szabo, March 8, 2009
Steamboating on the Suwannee Marker
Florida (Suwannee County), Branford — F-365 — Steamboating on the Suwannee
In the late 19th century, steamboats docked regularly at the old depot in Branford (originally called Rowland's Bluff) when the settlement was a major port on the Suwannee River. From here the steam powered vessels carried the region's cotton, . . . — Map (db m17723) HM
Florida (Suwannee County), Live Oak — 24 — Drenched for DaysFlorida De Soto Trail — September 12, 1539 —
It’s September 12, 1539… Hernando de Soto’s army has stopped at a small abandoned village not far away – We have been forced to remain in this village for three days now. Torrential rains have halted our progress. We will remember . . . — Map (db m126585) HM
Florida (Suwannee County), Live Oak — F-955 — Edward Waters College Original Site
Live Oak was the birthplace of Edward Waters College, Florida's oldest black college. Here, the Rev. Charles H. Pearce, Elder of the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church, envisioned an institution to educate newly-freed slaves. In 1866, aided by . . . — Map (db m113144) HM
Florida (Suwannee County), Live Oak — Lynnette Ricketson Millennium Park
Dedicated November 25, 2003 in memory of Lynnette Shore Ricketson, owner and caretaker of the Suwannee Democrat. She loved deeply, lived for those and the community she loved, gave freely of herself to those in need and believed a newspaper belongs . . . — Map (db m93359) HM
Florida (Suwannee County), Live Oak — 25 — Plot ExposedFlorida De Soto Trail — September 15, 1539 —
It’s September 15, 1539… Hernando de Soto and his army have arrived at the nearby village of Napituca. His interpreter, Juan Ortiz, later recounts – Upon our arrival, De Soto met with several chiefs who demanded the release of . . . — Map (db m126586) HM
Florida (Suwannee County), Live Oak — F-64 — Suwannee County
This region was originally the land of the Timucuan Indians. Suwannee County was created in 1858. The county seat was removed from its original site at Houston to Live Oak in 1868 because of the latter's superior geographical position and railroad . . . — Map (db m125973) HM
Florida (Suwannee County), Live Oak — F-1000 — The Douglass Center
(Side 1) This is the site of the Douglass Center, a consolidated school complex that offered elementary, junior, and high school level classes to African American students. The center's origin can be traced back to the Reconstruction era. . . . — Map (db m127265) HM
Florida (Suwannee County), Live Oak — To Honor Stephen Collins Foster1826 - 1864
Creator of American Folk Song Singer of the simple joys of home and family and poet who immortalized the Suwannee River — Map (db m126085) HM
Florida (Suwannee County), Suwannee Springs — The Good Old Days
Suwannee Springs was one of Florida's original tourist destinations. The springhouse was probably established around the time of the Civil War. People came from all around the east coast to partake of the "healing spring waters" which were rumored . . . — Map (db m120485) HM

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