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.
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”
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.