Thursday, September 27, 2012

Alphabe~Thursday “S” is for….

Welcome back to Alphabe~Thursday the letter “S”.

This week I am sharing several places around Florida that start with an “S” because I’ve had several…well actually two Floridians hinted at their city being featured for this week’s post on “S”.



St. Augustine, Florida ~ for JJ

Castillo de San Marcos  
 Hotel Alcazar/Lightner Museum
      St. Augustine Lighthouse
Ponce de Leon Hotel/Flagler College

There are so many wonderful things to see in St. Augustine.  It’s only two hours from my home and it’s one of our favorite places to getaway for a while.
St Petersburg, Florida
Sunshine Skyway Bridge
St. Petersburg Pier                                                      

Don CeSar Hotel –The Pink Lady opened in 1928. The hotel quickly became a favorite romping ground for the rich and famous of the Jazz Age including F. Scott Fitzgerald, Clarence Darrow, Al Capone, Lou Gehrig, and Franklin D. Roosevelt

The Old Salvador Dali Museum  
              The New Salvador Dali Museum 

I have never been to the Salvador Dali museum but it’s on our list of places to see.       
  Sarasota, Florida ~ for Martha  
Ca' d’Zan- John and Mable Ringling’s mansion. Ca’ dZan is Venetian for “House of John”
                                        Lido Beach
Ski-A-Rees - Weekly Water shows
Sanford, Florida
Home to the Central Florida Zoo  
The Stanford Inn, Sanford Florida.
The movie “My Girl” was filmed on location here. This was actually the funeral home in the film.

This old Lake Monroe Bridge was featured in Kenny Chesney’s music video for his song “Young.”

Speaking of country music, "The Barn" is the place to go for a little two steppin’ and line dancin’ in Sanford.
Sanibel , Florida
The Sanibel Light House and Keepers houses
Sanibel is famous for shelling.

J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Sanibel Island, Florida
This is a Roseate Spoonbill crane. They get their coloring from eating crustaceans.
Sebring, Florida
In 1959 Sebring hosted the Formula One United States Grand Prix, but it is best known for the 12 Hours of Sebring, an annually held American Le Mans series race. Many fans flock to Sebring every year. Sebring has always been in the tourist industry and some of the Hotel accommodations you might find there is pretty amazing.
  Kenilworth Lodge 1916 circa
Harder Hall. Sebring, Florida.
This hotel was built during the Florida land boom in the 1920’s. It has had many famous guest; Paul Newman, Steve McQueen, Ali McGraw and Mario Andretti to name a few.  Harder Hall is said to be haunted. It has changed hands many times and each owner has died under extremely strange circumstances most of the time right in the hotel.
Starke, Florida
Home to Florida State Prison and the “Old Sparky” electrocution chair, Florida’s method of Capital Punishment execution until the year 2000 when the Florida State Legislature signed lethal injection into law.
I have no desire to go there.
~The End~
I hope you enjoyed my enchanted State. I'll see you next week for the Letter "T".
Thanks for stopping by!~Ames
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(Sorry i won't be stopping by or sending replies, still recuperating from hand surgery on my right hand and i am right handed and it didn’t go well.. i'll tell you about it later and I’ll try to catch up with you at a later date.~Ames.)






Sunday, September 16, 2012

Alphabe~Thursday "R" is for........

This week I would like to switch things up a bit, and share with you about a town that is no more.

It always puzzles me to hear about places that are no longer here.

This is a story  about a town that was home to many people. There were homes, stores, churches, schools, a post office, industry, and a rail road depot, and now there is nothing.

No people.
No buildings.
All are gone.

The town was Rosewood, Florida.

It was located on the west coast of Florida in Levy County.

If you were driving to a place called Cedar Key, chances are you would drive right through it and never know about it unless you stopped to read a Historical marker alongside the road.

Rosewood was a prosperous happy little town. Houses were painted and roses could be seen everywhere. It had a post office, three churches, a school, a Masonic Lodge, a turpentine mill, a sugarcane mill, a baseball team named the Rosewood Stars, two general stores and a train depot, which carried cedar to the pencil mills in Cedar Key, among other things.  There was prosperity in Rosewood.

When the cedar trees were depleted, most of the white families moved out of Rosewood to Sumner, a couple of miles down the road, leaving Rosewood a predominately black community.

And then in the span of one week it happened.

This sign is the site of the 1923 Rosewood massacre. A violent racist mob lynching that left several dead and an entire town burned to the ground.


An entire town....gone!

Well, all except for John Wright’s home and well. 

Where children hid in the dark of night.

A tragic course of events that went down in history as a big mark on Florida's beauty.

They even made a movie about Rosewood. Maybe you can check it out of your local library.
So tell me, When you take a trip somewhere by car and pass signs that post names of places, but there is nothing there, does it ever make you wonder?
If you are interested in learning about the history of Rosewood Florida, just Google Rosewood, Florida.
“Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it”
                                                                       ~George Santayana
Thanks for stopping by! ~Ames
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Other places in Florida that start with an "R" are: Raiford, Reddick, Royal Palm, and Rockledge.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Alphabe~Thursday "Q" is for Quincy, Florida

Quincy is in Gadsden County and is 20 miles northwest of Tallahassee, Florida.


In an era where the price of cotton was at an all-time low, Quincy prospered from growing Tobacco. A special tobacco plant grown from a blend of seeds from Virginia and Cuba created a tobacco known as the “Florida Wrapper.”

Leaf dealers and cigar manufacturers from New York flocked to Gadsden County to check out this special tobacco and the rest is history.

Quincy was also home to several  Coca~Cola millionaires.

We went to Quincy once, after reading about it in a Southern Living Magazine. At the time we were on our way to New Orleans to meet up with friends. The magazine touted it’s abundance of charming Victorian B &B’s and I thought it would be nice to check out the town.

Once went exited interstate I-10 into Quincy we were immediately in the most undesirable section of town. I blame my husband for that. Every time we go somewhere and he is driving, we always end up lost and in the wrong part of town.

Yes there were drug deals going down on the street curb.
You know what they say about first impressions.

Even though Quincy has 145 buildings on the National Register of Historical Places located within their historic district,
and beautiful old B & B’s ……

For me first impressions are the best impressions and I always heed my little internal voice.


We decided to get back on interstate 10 and continue on towards our final destination, New Orleans. We ended up staying in a chain Hotel a couple of exits further west. The front desk clerk told us about a local Seafood restaurant and we weren’t disappointed.

Maybe we will give Quincy another shot someday down the road. But next time I think I will do more research before going there.


That’s it for this week. See you next week for the letter “R.”


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Sunday, September 9, 2012

Old Dogs

Lately I've been getting a lot of pictures of dogs in emails from friends.

I guess they know how I feel about dogs.

I Love them.

How could you not love a face like this?

 or these

My friend Jenny made this sign for me.

I think the sign says it all.
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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Alphabe~Thursday "P" is for Palatka, Florida

Welcome all to Alphabe~Thursday the letter "P". This week I am going a little further North to Palatka, Florida.
Palatka (pronounced puh-lat-kuh ) is located in Putnam County, Florida and south of the Jacksonville area along the St. Johns River.

The Timucuan peoples, two tribes of which existed in the Palatka region under chiefs Saturiwa and Uinta occupied the area first. Contact with Europeans (infectious diseases) devastated the tribes, and they were extinct by the mid-18th century.

Later the Seminole Indians called it Pilo-taikita, meaning “crossing over”, or “cows’ crossing.”  
Downtown 1880/Downtown Second Street today.

Clysdale Horses parading down Second St.

Hey you beer lovers! There is an Anheuser-Busch Brewery in Jacksonville, not far from Palatka. Sounds like a mans paradise, beer and fishing.
Palatka  is nicknamed  the "Bass Capital of the World."
Looking East
Palatka Memorial Bridge over the St. Johns River.
There are 4 bronze military service men standing proudly at both sides of this bridge. The one above is a World War II memorial.

 The St. Johns River Walk.

Palatka is also home to Angel’s Diner!
Angel’s was established in 1932 from an old train car and is about two blocks from the river, where you can get a Pounder and a Pusalow.
(((What's a Pounder and a Pusalow?)))

A Pounder is a 1 pound hamburger (according to the menu it’s for real men!) Humm I guess real men eat pounders and not quiche?
A Pusalow is a chocolate milk, vanilla syrup, and crushed ice drink. Blah! Yech!! Must have been a popular drink back in the 1930’s.
I have eaten at Angel’s many times, although I have never had a Pounder or a Pusalow, I hear they are really good.

My husband once bought an old jukebox from the owners of Angel's. He used it for spare parts on our old jukebox.
Palatka has been a jumping off place for me throughout the years. We have many friends in the surrounding areas, some still owning and living on the land that was obtained through Spanish Land grants and passed down to them from generation to generation.

There are several Historic Districts within Palatka. Let’s take a look around.
The North Historical District:
This is the Historic Palatka Union Depot, or Palatka-Amtrak Railroad Depot, also known as the Palatka Railroad Preservation Society and the Browning Railroad Museum.
I’ve used this depot many times stopping there to visit friends in the  surrounding area, and also as I was traveling North to Virginia to visit my daughter and grandchildren. I don't travel by train so much anymore, all my grands live here now.

There’s something romantic about traveling by train. I so enjoyed the luxury of a sleeping berth, eating dinner in the dining car, and later playing cards and having cocktails in the lounge, verses driving. Just one itty bitty complaint would be that I think they go too fast sticking to their schedules.
Have you ever traveled overnight by train?
This is the Judge Issac Bronson~Mulholland House called Sunny Point. Couldn’t you just see yourself sitting out on the veranda enjoying a glass of sweet tea? It’s the house wine of the south ya’ll!

This is St. Mark’s Episcopal Church established in 1853.

The South District: Contains 243 historical buildings.
Connant House 1886
Palatka Heights:
To the South and South West is a district that contains a posh upscale neighborhood built in the 1880’s called Palatka Heights. The above is a private residence.
Ravine Gardens State Park
The West District:
Newtown is located to the West of Downtown Palatka; the area was originally established as the African American District in the mid 1800’s.
Newtown is home to the Old Central Academy High School which became the first accredited African American High School in the State of Florida in 1924. It was destroyed by fire in 1936 and replaced by the building above, although fallen into disrepair; it is also on the U.S. National Register of Historical Places.
Palatka is also known as “The City of Murals” and they are everywhere.
Here is a really nice link to a map showing the exact places of these beautiful murals. You may have to copy and paste to open this link, but if you are ever coming to Palatka these are worth seeing too!
Well that’s it for this week’s letter “P”. I wanted to share some interior locations of Florida because most people already know about the coastal areas. I love my State. It is steeped in history, romantically Southern, and yes it is touristy.
Thanks for stopping by!~Ames
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