Historic

Scenes from a Florida Civil War Fort

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Fort Clinch was constructed in the mid-1800s and occupied by Confederate troops during the early days of the Civil War. Made of almost 5-million bricks, the coastal fortification proved vulnerable t...

Koreshan Unity Settlement

Florida historians agree that one of the most unusual pioneers to call the state home was Cyrus R. Teed. In 1894, Teed decided to continue the utopian movement he started in New York when he moved to Estero on Florida's southwest coast. Teed and his...

Thomas Edison’s winter estate

Around the turn of the last century, America's wealthiest businessmen built winter homes in the state of Florida. Inventor Thomas Edison was no exception. While his primary home was in West Orange, New Jersey, Edison spent many winters at the tropic...

Searching for the Perfect Society in Tennessee

In the late 19th century, British social reformer embarked on a bold social experiment in the rugged terrain of eastern Tennessee. He created a utopian society and called it Rugby. 6 Facts About Rugby, Tennessee Rugby's founder, English author...

Meet the Man Who Owns Florida’s Oldest Working Post Office

His name is Fredrick Wood III. But to the 150 or so people who live in the small community of Evinston, Florida, he's simply Fred. Everyone here knows Fred because he's the caretaker of the Wood & Swink Post Office and Community Store. It's the ...

Repairing Florida’s Last Working Tall Ship

The year 1939 saw the opening of the New York World's Fair, the release of Gone With the Wind and the beginning of World War II. 1939 was also the year this beauty was launched. It's the schooner Western Union, the last surviving authentic working ...

A Secluded Mayan Oasis

What is today known as the Maitland Art and History Center was built by early 20th century visionary and architect J. Andre Smith in 1937 as an artist colony. Dedicated to experimental art, creatives from around the world, including big names like Ra...

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...

Inside the Sanctuary of Sculptor Albin Polasek

Albin Polasek was a Czech-American sculptor who created more than 400 works during his career, many of which are on display at his retirement home in Winter Park. The historic site overlooking Lake Osceola offers daily tours of the home, studio, gal...