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History of Greenwood Florida

History of Greenwood Florida

The Town of Greenwood Florida has just under 5 square miles of land in the NE portion of Jackson County Florida.  Explore the history of Greenwood Florida from the Great Oaks Mansion to the Pender Store as well as Plantation and Antebellum tales.  

Palladian Mansion

When we were restoring Great Oaks in the 1960s we were also building a Coca-Cola building in DeFuniak Springs. The architect was a gentleman in his 60s. I showed him some pictures of the house. When he saw pictures of the doors and windows he told me the design was…
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September 23 2010

On a cool, crisp morning in December of 1861, eight-year-old Lizzie Bryan awoke from her first night's sleep in her new home to the sounds of trace chains jangling, a wagon creaking, and Mingo speaking to the team of mules. She dressed in front of the warm fire one of…
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The Mae Pender Harrell Home

Located side by side with The Hayes-Long Mansion on the west side of Bryan Street (Hwy 71) as you exit Greenwood going north. It is believed Cicero Long built the Mae Pender Harrell Home. He was one of the founders of Pender's Store which was known as N.B. Long and…
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The Green House

The Green House is located on Allen Street in West Greenwood. The land is of the same track described above (see Longwood). It was located on Green Street in Marianna in 1976 where the Regions Bank is presently located. It was painted Green. At that time the Bicentennial Committee was…
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The Longwood House

These houses are in the western part of Greenwood. The house belonging to the estate of James Hayes was built in 1849 by E. George.  The house is built entirely of heart pine lumber.  The simple frame house is structurely fitted together with wooden pegs and square cut nails.  The…
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The Erwin House Part 3

The Erwin house has never been opened to the public. The Pender family invited me in to make pictures that I may share with you. Descendants of J.M.F. Erwin and Georgia Bryan Erwin have occupied the house since 1861. It is filled with wonderful treasures they have accumulated over 160…
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The Erwin House Part 2

I've been reviewing Dr. Shoffner's History of Jackson County and Stanley’s History of Jackson County (1950) so we can reflect on our early history. In 1822 there were only two towns in Florida, St. Augustine and Pensacola. In 1826 people could buy land from the federal government by bid. Most…
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The Erwin House Part 1

Built by John A. Syfrett who bought 150 acres in 1839. He probably built the house then. There is some evidence existing that the Syfrett's may have squatted on the land as early as 1837*. If we did not have this information we would probably fairly well determine its age…
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Antebellum Greenwood - The Baptist Church

The marker tells of the beginning. The picture is of the present building. It appears the founders were good students of the Bible and were very positive in practing their belief. They took their responsibilities seriously in spreading the gospel, holding to the truth and exercising discipline on unrepentant sinners.Union…
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How We Got Great Oaks

I flew a North American T-6 from Greenville, Ms. to the Marianna Airport along with about 150 other pilots on the 31 of March 1953. I instructed here until the end of 1960. When I first started instructing here we were flying Piper P-18 aircraft (Cubs). We were landing in…
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The Restoration of Great Oaks

Elijah Bryan died eight years before their family home burned. Mr. Bryan had an overseer named James C. Land. Mr. Land's granddaughter found the 1860 census in the Milton Public Library which listed him as residing on the plantation. She visited in 1991 and brought us several interesting papers, including…
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