Garden of Eden?

Bristol Florida is the county seat of Liberty County, Florida. 

It is at the intersection of State Roads 20 and 12 about 15 miles south of I-10 about 20 miles south of the Georgia state line.

This town of 1,000 people lies about 5 miles east of the Apalachicola River.

It is far east in Northwest Florida, so it could be considered to be near the border between Florabama and Florgia.

See our sections on Northwest Florida, North Central Florida and Northeast Florida to get a handle on those terms invented by the late Al Burt.

As those names imply, Florabama is that portion of North Florida that borders Alabama;  Flordia is the portion that borders Georgia.

An old timer named Elvy Callaway got a lot of publicity a generation or two ago by claiming that the biblical Garden of Eden was in northern Liberty County.   Elvy was a country lawyer and a Baptist preacher.

He said the evidence was that the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee River system has four heads, just like the river described in the Bible.

He also said the area is rich in gopher wood, the same stuff that Noah used to build his ark.

Further evidence, said Elvy, was that the area from the Chattahoochee River south to Bristol contains 28 of the 30 varieties of trees mentioned in the Bible.

He believed that the Garden of Eden started about 4 miles north of Bristol and extended north into Georgia, and it was 25 miles wide in an east-west direction, and 35 miles long in the north-south direction.

The Garden of Eden Was A Bristol Florida Attraction

The area of Callaway's Garden of Eden became a minor tourist attraction in the 1950s through the 1970s. 

People visited it for the chance to see the birthplace of Adam and to look at the amazing variety of plants and trees in the area.

You can get a glimpse of the natural beauty of this area by visiting Torreya State Park. Keep your eyes open for the gopher wood tree, torreya taxifolia.

Torreya State Park and Apalachicola River near  Bristol Florida

If a Florida snake invites you to take a bite of an apple, you might think twice about it.

Use the Google map below to guide you to Bristol and the surrounding area.

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