Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Central School Reunion update

Let me do a slight update/correction on the Central School Reunion. I reported a few days ago that the annual reunion at the old school ruins will take place on Saturday at noon. Actually, the reunion will get started at around 10:30 a.m., with lunch being served somewhere between 11:30 a.m. and noon.

So, don't be late on my account!

Monday, October 15, 2007

Two Egg needs a historical marker

This has been on my mind for some time. Two Egg needs a historical marker. Can you think of a better place for one?

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

Central School Reunion scheduled for next Saturday

Yesterday I mentioned Central School, which was located a few miles northeast of Two Egg. I've since learned that the annual reunion of students from the school will be held next Saturday at 12 noon.

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

A Two Egg Ghost?

Notice the unusual white spot near the center of the photograph at right? This showed up in several different photographs taken at the ruins of the old Central School a few miles northeast of Two Egg.
"Ghost hunters" call these "orbs" and suggest they may indicate something supernatural. Others believe in more earthly explanations for them, suggesting they are simply unusual light effects that sometimes show up in photographs or possibly even the camera capturing light reflecting off dust or an insect. Personally I favor the latter explanation, but I do find them interesting and would love to figure them out.
This one is unique because it shows clear movement (notice the white streak leading from the bottom). This suggests to me that the flash of the camera created a reflection off something that was moving, possibly dust, a leaf or an insect. I'd love to hear any thoughts you might have.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Two Egg, Florida - The Book

I receive constant inquiries about a location where my book Two Egg, Florida can be purchased. I'm pleased to announce that it is now available through Chipola River Book & Tea in Marianna. This is an excellent book shop located on Lafayette Street downtown (directly across the street from the monument and gazebo downtown).
The printers have had a little trouble keeping up with the demand, but a new shipment of books is now in and they have a good supply.
You can also order them online through www.amazon.com, www.barnesandnoble.com and at www.twoeggfla.com.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Historic Preservation near Two Egg

This beautiful structure is the old Dellwood Methodist Church. Founded in 1910 on land donated by Dr. Charles Howell Ryals, the church was constructed of locally milled timber. For many years it was a center of life in the community, which is located only a few miles south of Two Egg on State Highway 69. Over time, however, the church fell into a state of disrepair. A few years ago, however, members of the McMullian family repaired and restored the beautiful old church. Today it stands as a landmark that is well worth seeing.

Dr Ryals, the founder of the church, is buried on the grounds. He is remembered by generations of area residents as one of the last true "country doctors" of Jackson County. He delivered over 5,000 babies during his 50+ year career and traveled the countryside around Two Egg and Dellwood, treating those in need of his assistance without regard to their status in life or ability to pay. He is remembered today as a humanitarian of the rarest type and many Jackson County men were named Charles or Howell or C.H. in his honor.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

How Two Egg got its name.

Ok, here goes. More than anything else, I'm asked this question about my home town..."How did Two Egg get its name?" Here's the condensed version:
There are many different versions of the story, but they all revolve around the practice of bartering farm products for needed supplies at a general store during the Great Depression. Money was in short supply and the only way for citizens of the area to buy necessities was by trading for them using items they produced themselves.
According to Mr. John Henry Pittman, who for many years ran one of the stores in Two Egg, the name originated when two small boys came into the store day after day to trade two eggs for a small amount of sugar. The owner of the store was having a bad week and, in frustration, made a remark that included the line, "This is nothing but a "two egg" town." A traveling salesman (or "drummer") was in the store at the time and began to spread the story. The name caught on and before long the community, previously called Allison, became known as Two Egg. The name first appeared on State Highway maps during the 1940s and remains there to this day.
Other versions differ slightly, but that's the story in a nutshell. For a much more detailed history of Two Egg, please consider my new book Two Egg, Florida: A Collection of Ghost Stories, Legends & Unusual Facts. It is available for order from your favorite bookstore, online through www.amazon.com and www.barnesandnoble.com or through my website at www.twoeggfla.com. If you live in or near Jackson County, they are available at Chipola River Book & Tea on Lafayette Street in downtown Marianna.

Monday, October 8, 2007

Ruins of Central School

One of my favorite landmarks in the Two Egg area is the site of old Central School. Located on Circle Hill Road a few miles northeast of Two Egg crossroads, the site preserves the ruins of the old school where several generations of area residents were educated.

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

News from Two Egg, Florida

One of the most popular annual events in the Two Egg area took place today. The Annual Homecoming at Oak Grove Church celebrates the history and families of the Jackson County "ghost town" of Parramore.

Located a few miles east of Two Egg at the intersection of Oak Grove and Parramore Roads, the community of Parramore was once a thriving commercial center with five stores, several churches, a cotton gin, blacksmith shop, sawmill, gristmill and more. The town, which was never actually incorporated, owed its existence to the vast forests of longleaf pine that once grew in the region. Large turpentine operations collected the sap from these trees and cooked the rosin, which was then poured into barrels and carried by truck to riverboat landings near Parramore on the Chattahoochee River. Paddlewheel riverboats then carried the barrels either upriver to Columbus, Georgia, or downriver to Apalachicola, Florida.

Parramore thrived from the late 19th into the early 20th centuries. By 1919, the primary riverboat landing was one of the few in Jackson County listed as a "warehouse landing," with storage facilities for products awaiting transport.

The arrival of modern highways and railroads, however, spelled an end for the riverboats and Parramore as well. The community gradually faded away as the businesses closed and people moved elsewhere. As Parramore faded, nearby Two Egg grew.

For more than 45 years, however, former residents and their families have returned to Parramore on the first Sunday in October for their annual homecoming. They gather at Oak Grove Church to share old stories and make new memories. This year's event featured a sermon by Rev. Cap Pooser, special music from the Bryan Brothers and, as always, dinner on the grounds.