St. Johns River Map

Florida Views: The St. Johns River

By Scott K. Sholl The St. Johns River is a hydrological paradox. Like the state it lies within, the St. Johns has represented different things to different people over time, as evidenced by its multiple names through history: Welaka (River…

The Coffee Road

Fla. History: Scotch-Irish Settlers

The following map is a snapshot of Southwest Georgia and a portion of North Florida as they appeared in the early 1830s. At the time, this area was considered by Georgia politicians to be an area “which God Almighty had…

A Land Remembered

Remembering Florida Writer Patrick Smith

By now you’ve probably learned of the passing of Patrick Smith, a celebrated writer best known for his classic “A Land Remembered,” a historical novel about the frontier days of Florida. Smith, a Merritt Island resident, was a three-time Pulitzer…

Zora Neale Hurston

Festival celebrates talents of Eatonville author Zora Neale Hurston

The mark of Zora Neale Hurston left an indelible impression on a global fan base. And for a quarter of a century, Hurston’s Eatonville hometown has hosted an annual multi-day, multi-disciplinary festival to celebrate her literary legacy. This year’s event…

The Cracker Culture in Florida History

Video: History of The Florida Cracker

Dana Ste. Claire’s Cracker: The Cracker Culture in Florida History  is a wonderful anthology concerning an important part of the state’s history and folklore. The book is thorough in its research, even-handed, and engaging. In the following videos, Ste. Claire…