Monday, December 31, 2007
I will resume posting after the holiday. Until them, please know that I appreciate all of you and am very appreciative for the blessings I have received this year.
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Monday, December 17, 2007
Friday, December 14, 2007
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Today and tomorrow are pretty much the last days I can guarantee you autographed copies of any of the books in time for Christmas. After that, the mail volume is so high that they may not arrive by the 25th of December.
If you would like an autographed copy, please visit www.exploresouthernhistory.com/dalecox and you can order them there. Just include a note with your order requesting a special inscription and we will make sure you get it.
Friday, December 7, 2007
Please join me in remembering the hundreds of thousands of American men and women who served in World War II. It was a war that our country did not seek, a war that was fought with enormous sacrifice and a war in which American servicemen and women brought peace and freedom millions.
The sacrifices of our fathers and mothers should never be forgotten.
Thursday, December 6, 2007
I was on to discuss my books, including Two Egg, Florida: A Collection of Ghost Stories, Legends and Unusual Facts.
CCTV is a cable channel that can be viewed in Marianna and is also available as a live video stream online at http://www.chipola.edu/radio/index.htm.
The Two Egg book, by the way, continues to do well. You can still obtain autographed copies for Christmas at Chipola River Book and Tea, 4402 Lafayette Street across from the Battle of Marianna monument in downtown Marianna (the same block as Watson's Drugs and the Gazebo restaurant). It is also available at www.barnesandnoble.com and www.amazon.com.
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Saturday, December 1, 2007
We are working on pricing for such a project and I hope to be able to update you soon!
This has been a pet project of mine for some time and I think it would be a nice addition to the little community. Two Egg may very well have the most unique name of any town in America and I think both locals and visitors as well would enjoy such an addition.
Thursday, November 29, 2007
It will be this Saturday (December 1st) at Chipola River Book and Tea on Lafayette Street in downtown Marianna (right across the street from the Battle of Marianna monument).
The event has been going for about a decade and a half now and features authentic grinding of sugar cane, once an annual ritual in the South. The cane juice is cooked down to make syrup.
The event also includes arts and crafts and will be underway all through Saturday morning and lunchtime, so make a point of stopping by!
Monday, November 26, 2007
Friday, November 23, 2007
If you would like to obtain autographed copies of my book Two Egg, Florida: A Collection of Ghost Stories, Legends and Unusual Facts, I will be at Chipola River Book and Tea for a book signing on Saturday, December 1st. They are located on Lafayette Street in downtown Marianna (in the same block as the Gazebo restaurant) and directly across the street from the Battle of Marianna monument.
The event begins at 10 a.m. and will continue until 2 p.m. or until the books sell out. Copies of my other books, The Battle of Marianna, Florida and The Battle of Natural Bridge, Florida will also be available.
If you would like to have copies specially inscribed as Christmas gifts, I'll be glad to do so.
The book includes, of course, a history of Two Egg, as well as the stories behind the stories of a number of other popular Northwest Florida legends. Included are:
- Two Egg, Florida
- The Ghost of Bellamy Bridge
- The Legend of Two Toed Tom (Northwest Florida's famed alligator monster)
- The Garden of Eden
- The Washington County Volcano
- The Fiddling Ghost of Boynton Island
- Jackson County's Pirate Treasure
- The Bible of St. Luke's Episcopal Church
- The Battle of Vernon
- The West Florida Swamp Booger (Bigfoot)
- The Story of Milly Francis
- Florida's Underground Wonderland
- Andrew Jackson and the Natural Bridge
Due to my health, this is the only signing I have scheduled for December. If you can't make it, but would like to have an autographed copy, they can be ordered at http://www.exploresouthernhistory.com/. As long as you order by December 15th, they will make it in time for Christmas. After the 15th, I can't promise.
Friday, November 16, 2007
Monday, November 12, 2007
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
To help get him started, I'm in the process of handing over a number of manuscripts that I finished over the last ten years. He has begun working on editing them and will begin putting them into print over the next few years. He is also looking for additional works by nonfiction writers, with a special emphasis on lesser known yet significant historical events. For more information, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your inquiry and I'll be glad to pass it along.
I'm really proud to see him giving this a chance. As my last three books (The Battle of Marianna, Florida, Two Egg, Florida and The Battle of Natural Bridge, Florida) have demonstrated, there is definitely a market for well-researched books on Florida and Southern history. Those of you who know me are aware of my health situation. I'm no longer able to do the research and writing I would like to do, so it is great to see him take interest in my unpublished work.
The first of the new books, The Battle of Massard Prairie: The 1864 Confederate Attack on Fort Smith, Arkansas, should be out in December.
He'll have a website up soon, and I'll pass that along as soon as it is ready to go.
Monday, November 5, 2007
The truth behind the story might surprise you, so take a look!
Sunday, November 4, 2007
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
So, don't be late on my account!
Monday, October 15, 2007
I have been asked so many times how the community got its name, and so has anyone else with any association with Two Egg, that a marker telling the story of the town would probably be one of the most read plaques in Jackson County (if not in all of Florida).
I worry that the heart of the little community is going to entirely disappear if something isn't done soon to preserve it. Both of the stores have been closed for a couple of years now and the condition of one is really starting to diminish. It would be a horrible shame to lose a community that has been such a point of curiosity for generations of visitors to Florida.
Perhaps the erection of a suitable marker in the "downtown" district would be a good start towards launching a preservation effort in Two Egg.
Sunday, October 14, 2007
The reunions were started a few years ago by area residents who attended Central. They gather each October at the ruins of the old school for a "dinner on the grounds" and conversation.
This year's event will feature a fish fry and covered dish dinner (in other words, bring fixins'). All former students of Central and their families are invited.
The reunion gets started at around 12 noon.
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Friday, October 12, 2007
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Monday, October 8, 2007
The school was closed years ago and eventually destroyed by a lightning sparked fire, but the site still holds a place in the hearts of former students. A group of them erected a monument on the site several years ago and now help to maintain the grounds. A reunion is held each fall.
Central was one of a number of brick schools constructed in Jackson County during the Great Depression. A similar facility dating from the same era still stands nearby in Bascom. These schools eventually were closed and consolidated, but at the time of their construction they represented a major step forward in the quality of educational facilities in the county.
Central holds an additional unique distinction. Country music legend Hank Williams, Sr., once performed here. Former students still have autographs given them by Williams following the performance.
Sunday, October 7, 2007
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