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Hillman Bridge and Governor George F. Drew

Hillman Bridge and Governor George F. Drew

Located in the once-thriving small sawmill town of Ellaville, Florida, sits the Hillman Bridge. The town was also known for a manufacturing center which along, with the sawmill, were own by George Franklin Drew, Florida’s twelfth governor from January 2, 1877, to...

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Governor William Dunn Moseley’s

Governor William Dunn Moseley’s

Born at his family’s home “Moseley Hall” in Lenoir County, North Carolina, on February 1, 1795, he was of English ancestry with long roots in America. William Moseley, who came in 1649 and built Greenwich, Virginia near Norfolk on the Elizabeth River, was a distant...

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Burdines – “The Florida Store”

Burdines – “The Florida Store”

Henry Payne and William M. Burdine opened their first store “Payne and Burdine” on April 22, 1896, in Bartow, Florida, as a carriage-trade shop, for the well-to-do in Polk county. The building was a two-story structure located on the corner of Main Street and Central...

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Milton Hershey and Cuba

Milton Hershey and Cuba

While there are signs that point to the Camilo Cienguegos City, 30 miles east of Havana, no one knows the city by that name. Ask for “AIR-shee” and everyone knows what you are looking for. Founded in 1916 by Milton S. Hershey, the town is now a ghost of its former...

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