Features and blog entries
Casey Stengel was a
Daytona Beach troublemaker
The future Yankees manager caroused, got sick, threatened suicide, and orchestrated a 'bloody' grapefruit prank when he trained in Daytona during his playing career
St. Petersburg leaders work overtime to promote their city
Newspapers, television, the Chamber of Commerce ... St. Petersburg's leaders knew they had to work harder to tell the world their city was as much fun as Florida's better-known cities
True stories about The Real McCoy
Bill McCoy refused to dilute his rum with water and iodine like other bootleggers, inspiring the world-famous name
Since 1923 in Cassadaga, the Seance Room has been where they call upon and talk to the dead
Seances occur throughout the 57-acre Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp, but some places are more conducive to contacting those who exist beyond the veil that separates physical and spirit realms.
Daytona's Deadliest Air Crash:
Aug. 10, 1937
The crash of an Eastern Airlines jet resulted in the first fatalities in seven years for the airline founded by World War I flying ace Eddie Rickenbacker
Zora Neale Hurston's unsung life on
Florida's east coast
Though honored annually with a festival in her hometown of Eatonville, the writer and anthropologist spent some of the happiest and most productive time of her life living on a houseboat on the Halifax River in Daytona Beach.
Florida's Worst Freezes
Think this winter was cold? 2013-14 was a tropical paradise compared to some of the brutal blasts of centuries past.
Washtub Baths and Pot-bellied Stoves in 1930s Florida
Before electricity, doing laundry, taking baths and just keeping warm was hard, dirty work.
Annie Oakley was nearly crushed to death near Daytona Beach
Before the Seminoles, Timucuans dominated northern Florida
The ghost settlement of Freemanville
In 1866, some 1,500 freed slaves arrived in the Port Orange area to work in a sawmill. The mill failed in 1867, but many remained and kept the community alive through the 1970s. All that remains today is the church, a rusty pump, a state landmark and memories.
Daytona Beach ends Stan Musial's pitching career
and aims him to the Hall of Fame
How Daytona Beach teens' lives changed during World War II
Burdine's: Sunshine Fashions &
The Florida Store
The department store founded by William Burdine survived The Great Depression and became "the Florida store"
Follow the Dollar: Horse breeding brings millions to Central Florida
According to the American Horse Council Economic Impact Study of 2005, the industry creates an economic impact of more than $2.2 billion annually
Paradise for Sale:
Florida's Booms and Busts
Since the great boom and bust of the 1920s, Florida has been trying to replicate its gilded age.
The Curtiss-Bright Cities: Hialeah, Miami Springs & Opa Locka
Only in the 1920s could an aviator and a cattleman create three quirky cities like Hialeah, Miami Springs and Opa Locka in South Florida
The Collected Works
of Byrd Spilman Dewey
When Palm Beach County historians Ginger L. Pedersen and Janet De Vries started searching land records a couple years ago, they never dreamed they would stumble upon the life's work of one of the region's earliest settlers. Now those works have been republished for new generations of Florida pioneers.
The Wreck of the Evening Star
Before the Titanic, the wreck of the Evening Star off Tybee Island, Ga., in 1866 was considered one of history's worst maritime disasters. Only five survivors made it to shore, landing on Amelia Island five days later.
George R. Fairbanks:
Fernandina's Renaissance Man
Rock 'n' Roll Town: Marty Jourard looks back on the roots of Gainesville's rock scene
Jourard is admin of the Facebook group Gainesville Rock History: The '60s and '70s Bands, Venues, Stories. Through the group and his site GainesvilleRockHistory.com, Jourard is gathering information for an upcoming book on the history of the Gainesville rock scene.
The 80s are the new 60s
Cultural observations of a
middle-aged karaoke D.J.