Barberville Pioneer Settlement

Fall Country Jamboree

One of Florida's most unique cultural events happens every fall in the tiny Volusia County community of Barberville at the Pioneer Settlement. The two-day event showcases musicians, storytellers, crafters, artists and food vendors from across the sta...

Barberville Pioneer Settlement

This bridge tender's house (pictured below) was built in Astor in 1926 and is one of the last still in existence in Florida. The men who lived here over the years operated the bridge's swing span to allow boat traffic on the St. John's River to safel...

A Sad Reminder of Florida’s Past

During the early 1900s in Florida, prisoners were often leased to corporations for road work, timber harvesting and turpentining. Historians say the men were often chained together (photo below) and transported to work sites using convict cage wagons...