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.
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