Florida’s biggest and bloodiest Civil War battle is remembered each President’s Day weekend by thousands of reenactors who come to Osceola National Forest to recreate the Battle of Olustee. The overconfident Union troops suffered a major defeat in the open forest east of Lake City, dashing any hope of returning Florida to the Union before […]
The grandest of adventures are born on isolated islands. From pirate gold to giant apes, the mystery of what might be found on a spec of land peeking up through a vast sea has captivated our imaginations for millennia. On a few of the Florida Keys, some of these tales are actually true. With more […]
Ernest Hemingway ended up in Key West like many others — by accident. He came for a day and ended up staying for a decade. That was close to a century ago, and the town has yet to recover from his presence.
Stephen Foster State Park is transformed into a brilliant winter wonderland during the annual Festival of Lights.
It’s not quite big enough to be a ghost town. But the pioneer homestead at Pat’s Island echoes with voices from the past. Here in the late 1800s Reuben and Sara Long, together with 11 children, migrated from North Carolina and eventually floated up the St. Johns River on a raft to Silver Glen Springs. […]
Yes, it’s really a thing! The Green Mountain Scenic Byway is a 45-mile drive that includes a taste of Florida history, scenic rolling hills and pastoral landscapes. This Sunday Drive is a relaxing way to enjoy Florida’s out-of-the way “mountain towns.”