Friday, October 31, 2008

The Ghost of Bellamy Bridge

The best known ghost story in the Two Egg area is the legend of the Ghost of Bellamy Bridge.
According to the tale, this old iron frame bridge over the Chipola River is haunted by the restless spirit of a young woman who died in a tragic wedding night fire during the antebellum era.
Elizabeth Bellamy was buried in a lonely grave near the present Bellamy Bridge site and legend holds that her restless spirit still roams the area in search of her long lost husband.
There are different versions of the story, but all differ from the true history of Elizabeth Bellamy. If you would like to read the real story of the Ghost of Bellamy Bridge, please visit: You can also read a detailed account of the ghost story in the new book, The History of Jackson County, Florida: Volume One. For more information on the book, please visit

Monday, October 13, 2008

Annual Central School Reunion set for Saturday

Former students of Central School will gather at the old school site near Two Egg on Saturday for their annual reunion.
The school served children of Two Egg, Lovedale, Parramore and the surrounding areas from 1927 to 1952.
The old building no longer stands, but its ruins remain and former students and their families have erected a monument on the grounds.
The annual event provides a chance for former students to gather and remember their school days at Central.
Things get underway on Saturday morning and everyone should be gathering by 11.

Friday, October 10, 2008

New Book - "The Early History of Gadsden County"

I am pleased to announce the release of my latest book, The Early History of Gadsden County.

The book is now available for online order and delivery directly from the printer. Just click here for more information.

The official release of the book will take place on Sunday, October 19th, at an event hosted by the West Gadsden Historical Society, Inc., at the Gadsden Art Center across from the courthouse in Quincy. The event will begin at 3 p.m. (Eastern) and the book will only be available for online purchase and delivery before that date.

Proceeds from this book will help the West Gadsden Historical Society in its efforts to preserve and interpret the rich history of Gadsden County.

The book covers a number of episodes from the county's early history and hopefully will be of interest to anyone curious about the history of Gadsden County, the upper Apalachicola River valley and the area in general.

Chapters include:
  • Hernando de Soto
  • Santa Cruz de Sabacola
  • Chislacasliche and the Apalachicola Fort
  • Ellicott's Observatory
  • Nicolls' Outpost and the War of 1812
  • Scott's Massacre
  • Andrew Jackson in Gadsden County
  • First Settlers and Neamathla's Reserve
  • King Cotton and Prince Tobacco
  • Early Scientists of Gadsden County
  • The Comte de Castelnau
  • The U.S. Arsenal at Chattahoochee
  • The Second Seminole War
  • The McLane Massacre
  • Seizure of the U.S. Arsenal
  • The C.S.S. Chattahoochee
  • Gadsden County and the Battle of Natural Bridge