Florida Tales

Florida tales are stories submitted to our website by visitors or written by us.  

Some are written by the website author, but many are from people who just yearned to tell us interesting stories from their lives in Florida.

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Florida Tales From our Site Vistiors

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Suwannee Valley 
I’m a native Floridian, born in Orlando pre Disney. I moved to a horse farm in Gilchrist County in 1992, to protect an investment, explore retirement …

Bo Diddley and the Shuffleboard Game 
Elias McDaniel, known as Bo Diddley, was a singer, guitarist, songwriter, and music publisher. His career lasted from 1943 until 2007. He died in Archer, …

Publix Shopping Is A Pleasure 
If you are a Floridian and shop at Publix, you will feel at home in any of their hundreds of stores located across the state. Publix Supermarkets are …

Brevard Hotel 
This postcard shows the Brevard Hotel on the Indian River in Cocoa, Florida about 1940. It was torn down in 1999 and replaced by a modern high rise …

Every Yankee Tourist is Worth a Bale of Cotton 
This postcard demonstrates what Florida has been about ever since I moved here many decades ago. It's been all about tourism and growth, and that's …

Chalet Suzanne 
When I first moved to Florida, my job as a civil engineer took me all over the state. When I was down in the Lake Wales area, a special treat was to have …

Mama Sagy's Pleasant View Inn 
In 1968 I was working on the foundation exploration for the new nuclear power plant. It was being built on Hutchinson Island about halfway between Fort …

Bone Mizell Legendary Cowhunter 
Florida history has its fair share of characters whose reputations seem to endure for years after the time in which they lived. Bone Mizell is one …

The Day I Chased Away The Highwaymen 
I went to school to become a civil engineer. There were no art appreciation courses for engineers back in the days I attended the University of Florida. …

Tales of Old Tampa Stadium 
A high school friend of mine, Bill Rademacher, died on April 2, 2018. His death brought back memories of the original Tampa Stadium. I graduated from …

Frances Langford's Outrigger Resort 
In 1969 I was working on the foundation investigation for the future St Lucie Nuclear Power Plant on Hutchinson Island. I stayed in nearby Fort Pierce …

Mount Dora Getaway 
Mount Dora is the perfect, little weekend getaway if you live in South Florida and enjoy a peaceful, artsy, small town vibe. It also holds a special place …

Frederick Delius House, Jacksonville University 
Some 40 miles south of Jacksonville along SR-13 on the St Johns River is a plaque marking the location of Solano Grove, the home of composer Frederick …

The Old Wabasso Bridge Finds a New Home at Walt Disney World 
Disney's Vero Beach Resort opened in 1995 on Orchid Island just south of the road to the Wabasso Bridge. I wonder how many of the guests enjoying …

Florida by Bicycle 
Florida By Bicycle - The Best Way To See The Sunshine State Bicycling is a sport on the rise - and for very good reason. Not only is it great for …

Gator, Glidden Chemical and Jacksonville 1962 
These recollections are what I remember from the actual events. I worked at Glidden Chemical Company in Jacksonville, Florida from 1962 to 1963. The …

Fort Ogden, Arcadia and Ziba King The Florida Cattle Baron 
When Ziba King died in 1901 he reportedly owned 50,000 head of cattle worth $500,000. This represented 10 percent of all the cattle in Florida. He was …

Quiet Nature Spot Near Howey In The Hills, Florida 
Sometimes I find neat little places away from the hectic hustle and bustle of urban Florida. These are places where I like to relax and just enjoy the …

Espanola, Florida and the Old Brick Road 
Espanola is a little old crossroads community in Flagler County about 5 miles northwest of Bunnell on County Road 13. When you get to Espanola, take …

Flavet Villages at the University of Florida 
I attended the University of Florida in Gainvesville, Florida from 1963 until graduation in 1966. It probably would have been too expensive for me to …

Evinston, Florida and the Wood & Swink Store 
Evinston is a short hop from Cross Creek, and is worth a trip just to visit the Wood and Swink Store and post office. The store is one of the few …

Lake Apopka Loop Trail 
Not long ago I took a nice day trip to Magnolia Park on County Road 437 south of Apopka. The park straddles the highway; on the west side it fronts on …

Kenansville: Henry Flagler's Divorce 
Kenansville is a spot on US-441 about halfway between Yeehaw Junction and Holopaw. Most travelers whiz through without knowing anything about the history …

La Chua Trail, Paynes Prairie, Gainesville, FL 
Located on the north side of the prairie, not at the Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park main entrance on 441 in Micanopy. Pets are not allowed. Open 7 …

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Mathers Bridge Restaurant Merritt Island Florida 
The paintings of the waterwheel and restaurant at the Mathers Bridge are by Brevard County artist, Lloyd Behrendt. These paintings and others about …

Nalcrest Florida and The Former Fedhaven Florida 
A stretch of Florida State Road 60 runs 45 lonely miles between Lake Wales and Yeehaw Junction. Lots of cattle land on both sides of the road, and few …

DeBary Florida, Benson Junction and Ox Fibre Brush Company 
Back in the 1970's I was wandering around the back roads near DeBary, Florida, and came upon an old abandoned factory on the west side of US 17-92 on Benson …

Mount Zion Primitive Baptist Church
Mount Dora, Florida
 
This old church was built in 1896 and is on Old US-441 south of Mount Dora right behind a Circle K convenience store. Thousands of motorists go by every …

Vernon, Florida. The Movie. 
Vernon is a small town in the Florida panhandle not too far south of the Alabama border. Larger towns in that part of Florida are DeFuniak Springs and …

Eglin Air Force Base: Florida Family History 
Genealogy and family history have always interested me. It wasn't until a few years ago that I realized my family has a link with Eglin Air Force Base …

Jackie Gleason's Florida Resting Place 
I enjoy visiting Jackie Gleason's grave, although I wish he were still around in person. Jackie Gleason made big news back in 1964 when he moved to …

Paisley, Florida. Walt Disney's Roots 
Paisley is a small unincorporared village between DeLand and The Villages on Lake County Road 42. CR-42 meanders along the southern edge of the Ocala …

Hitler's Yacht Was In Jacksonville 
In the 1980's, I came across an interesting old derelict sailboat in a Jacksonville boatyard on the Trout River in North Jax. A worker said the yacht …

Mount Plymouth, Florida. Al Capone Loved It. 
I recently drove from Mount Dora, Florida to nearby Mount Plymouth to see what changes have taken place since I last visited more than thirty years ago. …

Early Floridians Were Green Pioneers 
In the early days just before and after the beginning of the twentieth century, most Florida towns did not have electricity. The first electric plants …

The Bee Line Ferry From Bradenton To St Pete 
Do any of you oldtimers remember when the Bee Line Ferry crossed Tampa Bay from Bradenton to St Petersburg? In the old days before the first Sunshine …

Boulogne, Florida
The Town That Lived On Speeders
 
Somewhere just south of the St. Mary's River and the Florida-Georgia border there was a sleepy little wide spot in the road named Boulogne. Rhymes with …

Deleon Springs, Florida 
Deleon Springs is a small town north of Deland on U.S.-17. It is the home of an old spa that was famous many years ago, and is now the site of Deleon …

Welaka, Florida 
Welaka is on the east bank of the St. Johns River about halfway between Palatka and Deland. It is not on the main highway, so you have to work a bit to …

Fort Lauderdale
Pier 66 Where Are You?
 
Pier 66 means different things to different people depending on whether they are new to Florida or have been around a few years. My Pier 66 is a tall …

Old Venus, A Florida Ghost Town 
Take US-27 north out of Moore Haven and it won't be many miles before you come to Palmdale, a sign on the road, and a little bit further is the road that …

Lake Wales and Small Town Hotels 
Bok Tower Gardens is near Lake Wales, a great little place to visit after your communion with the serenity of Bok Tower. The 1920's were boom times …

Hastings, Florida. A Long Way From Iwo Jima. 
My friend Howard Hunter was born and raised in Espanola, a little village near Bunnell in Flagler County. His father was a pioneer Florida Cracker county …

Yeehaw Junction 
Follow SR-60 west out of Vero Beach and you will come to a genuine slice of Old Florida. Yeehaw Junction, Florida is at the intersection of US-441 and …

Homosassa: Lost In Time 
Weeki Wachee is a fun place to visit. After you have enjoyed this classic attraction, you might run up US-19 to Homosassa and take a look at the real …

The Lonely Port Charlotte Knight 
Port Charlotte sprawls along Florida's gulf coast for seemingly endless miles north of Punta Gorda and the Peace River and Charlotte Harbor. It is one …

Hurricane Charley Changed Punta Gorda 
Hurricane Charley slammed into Punta Gorda, Florida on Friday the 13th of August, 2004. My sailboat, AWOL, was in Burnt Store Marina south of town. …

The Darker Side of Jim Crow Florida 
Gus was one of the best men I ever knew. He worked for me on one of the soil testing drill rigs that I ran out of Tampa shortly after I graduated from …

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Florida Black Football Pioneers
It was not until the late 1960s that major Florida colleges began to allow black athletes on their teams.  Here are some of the first.

The Galloping Ghost of Indian Lake Estates
The most famous American athlete of his time chose to live in this unsuccessful development in the middle of nowhere.

Frank Lloyd Wright Child of the Sun.
The largest single collection of the great architects buildings are on the campus of Florida Southern College in Lakeland.

Kapok Tree
This unusual restaurant in Clearwater was one of the most popular destinations in Florida.  It operated from 1958 to 1991.

Doc Webb and Webb's City
This St. Petersburg store was like a Walmart before there was a Walmart. It was also a popular tourist attraction from 1925-1979.

Christo and the Surrounded Islands
A floating work of art on Miami's Biscayne Bay may have been a turning point in the city's turbulent history.

Florida Snakes Are Usually Harmless.  Usually.
If you are gong to travel or live in Florida it's useful to know what snakes are okay and which are ones to be afraid of.

A Land Remembered
Patrick Smith wrote this classic historical novel about three generations of a Florida pioneer family. 

What Is A Florida Cracker?
Be careful who you call a cracker.  Some Floridians might hate it, but in some parts of Florida it's a badge of honor.

Travis McGee
John D MacDonald is the creator of Travis McGee, an adventurer who lives on his houseboat in Fort Lauderdale and is the star of 21 best selling novels.

Alas Babylon
This novel by Pat Frank is still relevant more than 60 years after it was written.  About nuclear war in Florida.

Naked Came the Manatee
Carl Hiaasen, Dave Barry, and many other talented authors got together and wrote this funny spoof novel.

The Mount Dora Unity Archway
The children of Mount Dora got together and created a monument to a beloved woman citizen of the city.

The Galvanized Yankee From Florida
The story of a captured Confederate soldier who was released and served with the Union fighting Indians.

Lewis Plantation and Turpentine Still
This old tourist attraction did okay for a while.  It was not in good taste, and finally had to close its doors.

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