It’s COLD on our favorite island, and there’s plenty of snow . . . a perfect weekend for Winter Festival!
To all my buddies on the island . . . . share photos of the weekend festivities, please!
MEANWHILE – BACK IN FLORIDA – A LITTLE HISTORY LESSON
Our weather has been all over the place – warm, cool, rainy, sunny, windy – in other words, winter in the Sunshine State.
Ted and I went exploring again last Sunday afternoon and found Bulow Plantation Ruins Historic State Park just a few miles from our house.
It seems that back in the early 1800’s settlers in Florida were establishing plantations on lands that the Seminole Indians believed to be theirs. In 1821 Major Charles Wilhelm Bulow acquired 4,675 acres of wilderness, and – using slave labor – cleared 2,200 aces and planted sugar cane, cotton, rice and indigo. Major Bulow died at age 44, and left everything to his only son, John, who increased the plantation’s production and prosperity until the outbreak of the Second Seminole War.
John Bulow didn’t agree with the U.S. government’s intentions to send the Seminoles to reservations west of the Mississippi, and he fired upon the State Militia, led by Major Benjamin Putnam, as they entered his property. Bulow was taken prisoner, but after a brief campaign against the Indians, Major Putnam’s command relocated to St. Augustine and allowed Bulow to go free. Bulow realized the Indians were becoming more hostile, so he and his slaves abandoned the plantation and followed the troops northward.
Shortly after the plantation was abandoned, the Seminoles burned “Bulowville” and other plantations in the area. Bulow died in St. Augustine at the age of 26.
A few days later I rode with Ted to Fort Matanzas National Monument – south of St. Augustine – where he picked up an application to volunteer at the fort Visitors Center. Ted’s been studying up on Florida history ever since we arrived, and with his years of experience in the Visitors Center at Fort Mackinac, I’m pretty sure they’ll find something for him to do!
Y’all have a great weekend!