The Overseas Railroad, Highway and State Road 4A

The Overseas Railroad, Highway and State Road 4A

It’s certainly a unique experience to travel to islands by car. The Florida Keys Overseas Highway is a marvel of engineering that transformed these erstwhile remote isles into world renowned destinations for adventure travelers. Of course it started with Henry...
Cyrus Teed and the Hollow Sphere Cult

Cyrus Teed and the Hollow Sphere Cult

One of more unusual pioneer groups to settle in South Florida is memorialized at the Koreshan State Historic Site, near Corkscrew Swamp. Cyrus Reed Teed was an eclectic physician whose experiments in alchemy often involved dangerously high levels of electricity. In...
1928 Okeechobee Hurricane

1928 Okeechobee Hurricane

Often called the third worst disaster in American history, the horrific 1928 Okeechobee hurricane was one of the deadliest tropical cyclones in the recorded history of the North Atlantic basin. In South Florida, at least 2,500 people drowned, while damage was...
Florida’s Orange Blossom Special

Florida’s Orange Blossom Special

A popular fiddle tune known as the Orange Blossom Special, based on the famous passenger train of the same name, was written by Ervin T. Rouse in 1938. It has been referred to as the fiddle player’s national anthem. In a time when passenger rail transportation...
Dr. Henry Perrine and his South Florida Land Grant

Dr. Henry Perrine and his South Florida Land Grant

In 1838, the United States Congress granted a township of land in the southern extremity of Florida to noted horticulturist Dr. Henry Perrine and his associates. This land was to be used in experiments aimed at introducing foreign tropical plants and seeds into...
Florida Governor Napoleon Bonaparte Broward

Florida Governor Napoleon Bonaparte Broward

Broward County was founded on October 1, 1915. It was named for Napoleon Bonaparte Broward, remembered for his campaign to drain the Everglades and turn the vast swamp into “useful land.” It was originally intended to be named Everglades County, but then-Speaker of...
Florida Cracker Trail remains a window into History

Florida Cracker Trail remains a window into History

We often hear the term “Florida Cracker” used in conversation, but what does it really mean? Historically speaking, Florida cracker refers to colonial-era English and American pioneer settlers and their descendants in pre-American Florida territories. The first of...
Celebration of Historic White Way Lights

Celebration of Historic White Way Lights

Decorate and Celebrate White Way Lights On Valentine's Day -- National Trust for Historic Preservation's "Heart Bomb" Campaign Join The Celebration Tuesday, February 14th is Valentine’s Day. Mark your calendar to participate in a unique event that celebrates the...
The Cutler Trail

The Cutler Trail

The Cutler Trail, Ingraham Highway and Old Cutler Road The origins of this coastal route predates the building of roads in Dade County, as a trail along the high ridge of South Florida’s coastline, often referred to by pioneer settlers as “The Reef.”...