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Boomtown of the 1890's

 During the last two decades of the 19th century, Dunnellon was the center of much of the activity connected with the phosphates business, causing this little hamlet to become a boomtown.  This short but full history tells the story of the violence, corruption, and troubles that went along with all the new prosperity. 

Written by J. Lester Dinkins, of Silver Springs, Florida. 
hardcover, 208 pages


Spring Creek Chronicles

These stories detail commercial fishing, hunting, working, and the people along the North Florida 
Gulf Coast.
"Read these stories and get a small inside view of a people, a culture and a lifestyle that's going out like a full moon tide, an era known as the "Old Florida", as those of us born and raised here have known it." 

Written by Leo Lovell of Crawfordville, Florida
softcover, 237 pages


Out of the Pocket

The state of Florida honored Nancy Morgan with the Folklife Heritage Award in 1986.  Her quilting-she sewed her first quilt at 13 in 1926 and has been active with the Florida Folk festival beginning in 1953, helped earn her this prestigious award.
This book tells her life story from birth in a log house on Tom's Creek at the Georgia Border, and her experiences as a mother, daughter, and wife of farmers in a waste -not want-not society. 

Written by Nancy Morgan of White Springs, Florida

softcover, 104 pages


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A Land Remembered

The story of three generations of the MacIveys, a Florida family who battle the hardships of the frontier to rise from a dirt-poor Cracker life to the wealth and standing of real estate tycoons. The story opens in 1858, when Tobias MacIvey arrives in the Florida wilderness to start a new life with his wife and infant son, and ends two generations later with Solomon MacIvey, who realizes that the land has been exploited far beyond human need.
Written by Patrick D Smith

The Cracker Culture in Florida History

For over 200 years scholars have attempted to define the Crackers, but their name is as elusive as their nature, their character as tough as Florida’s hardscrabble countryside, and any real Cracker will tell you that’s just the way they like it. Part history, part folklore, Cracker is a generously illustrated account of Cracker heritage, its rich history, and its disappearance as today’s fast-paced society reaches even into the remote backwoods of the state.
​Written by Dana Ste. Claire


Cross Creek
Originally published in 1942, Cross Creek has become a classic in modern American literature. For the millions of readers raised on The Yearling, here is the story of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings's experiences in the remote Florida hamlet of Cross Creek, where she lived for thirteen years. From the daily labors of managing a seventy-two-acre orange grove to bouts with runaway pigs and a succession of unruly farmhands, Rawlings describes her life at the Creek with humor and spirit.

Written by Marjorie K. Rawlings

Suwannee River Guidebook

Anyone looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the modern world for a while is invited to sit back and enjoy a leisurely trip down one of the best-known and most beloved rivers in the country. Flowing more than 230 miles from the Okefenokee Swamp in Georgia to the Gulf of Mexico in Florida, the Suwannee may well be the last unspoiled river in the Southeast.

Written by Kevin M. McCarthy

The Swanee River 
A Biography of 
Stephen C. Foster

by Fletcher Hodges Jr.
Rousing Songs and True Tales 
of the Civil War

Here are the songs and stories that made history. Includes lyrics, music, song histories, trivia, humor plus 100 Civil War photographs and illustrations. 

Written by Wayne Erbsen


Ballads & Songs of the Civil War

A comprehensive and historically significant song collection, this massive volume captures the hopes and tragedy of the Civil War era.

Written by Jerry Silverman