Clay County

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During the Civil War, Clay County, along with other parts of Florida, served as a resting place for convalescing Union soldiers, many of whom wrote home about the area's tropical winters and natural wonders. They returned after the war and became some of Florida's first tourists. Soon, small boarding houses along the banks of the St. Johns River invited Northern residents to enjoy the balmy winter climate, while Green Cove Springs enticed thousands to its warm sulfur spring. At Magnolia, once a Union fortification, a large and prosperous hotel was constructed that housed almost 800 guests. Clay County grew with the tourist industry and continued to develop with the farming community that later became Penney Farms and the Pennsylvania-settled town of Keystone Heights. These and other locations were captured by Isaac Haas, Clay County's most prolific 19th-century photographer, who was born in Middleburg and is responsible for many of the images in this volume.
ISBN: 9780738516356
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Florida
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Kevin S. Hooper, a Clay County resident for 30 years and a University of North Florida graduate, offers facts and insight culled from his research at the county archives and various museums and institutions throughout North Florida. Images of America: Clay County offers a glimpse into the area's exciting early history with photographs and postcards, including over 100 stereoscopic views from the 19th century. Readers will delight in discovering the past of Middleburg, Orange Park, Hibernia, Magnolia, Green Cove Springs, Keystone Heights, Penney Farms, and Camp Blanding.
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