May 20, 2024

Florida Originals

Batty: UF builds a third bat house

It took some doing for the University of Florida to lure hundreds of bats away from Florida Field and to a new bat house. Read more »
Published on 4/26/2017

Uphill battle at ‘Spook Hill” in Lake Wales

As a teenager, Lake Wales native Tina Peak would sometimes kill an afternoon at Spook Hill, on North Wales Drive south of Highway 17... Read more »
Published on 3/28/2017

‘The White Queen of the Gulf'

The Belleview Biltmore Hotel was built near the Gulf in northern Pinellas County in 1897 by railroad tycoon Henry Plant, one of a string of palaces linked to northern visitors by his railroad. Read more »
Published on 1/26/2017

A rose by any other name

While preparing for a literary conference last year, Keith Huneycutt, an English professor at Florida Southern College, learned that novelist Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, who died in 1953 at age 57, had two secret ambitions. Read more »
Published on 12/28/2016

Ghost story: Protecting the rare ghost orchid

A rare plant draws plenty of visitors to a state park in southwest Florida, including some who don't want to just look at it. Read more »
Published on 11/28/2016

Snooty: The face of Manatee County

At 68, the world's oldest captive manatee would rather play with humans than with other manatees. Read more »
Published on 10/26/2016

Art installation is up in the Air(stream)

A Texan before he became a Floridian, Frank Bates had long admired the “Cadillac Ranch,” a row of 10 Cadillacs that a group of Texas artists half-buried — evenly spaced, evenly angled — nose-first into a cow pasture in Amarillo. Read more »
Published on 8/26/2016

Medium rare: Cassadaga's mediums are serious about their profession

Cassadaga's mediums take what they do seriously, struggling against perceptions of the community as an oddball tourist attraction. Read more »
Published on 6/28/2016

Dental work: A bed of bones off Venice, Florida

Between 3 million and 10 million years ago in waters off Venice, megalodons congregated to breed... Read more »
Published on 5/25/2016

One-teacher school in Florida faces extinction -- again

Donna King reached into a filing cabinet and pulled out a yellowed newspaper from 1972. She pointed to an article bemoaning the likelihood that Duette Elementary School – Florida's last operating one-teacher schoolhouse – was almost certainly about to close. Read more »
Published on 4/27/2016

Thinking small: John Zweifel's miniature White House

John Zweifel's miniature White House finds a home in Clermont. Read more »
Published on 3/28/2016

Lost and found: A haven for former slaves

A passage in a book leads Vickie Oldham to uncover a haven for former slaves. Read more »
Published on 2/26/2016

Florida Southern College: A campus done Wright

Florida Southern's Frank Lloyd Wright architecture continues to attract both students and visitors to the school. Read more »
Published on 1/27/2016

Daily Bread: Four generations of pan Cubano

Juan More left his native Spain for Cuba to fight in the Spanish-American War. During his time in Cuba, he learned how to bake bread the Cuban way... Read more »
Published on 12/28/2015

A stain on Florida's history

A UF student sets his sights on righting a wrong that happened in Groveland 66 years ago. Read more »
Published on 11/24/2015

Air space: Marion County's fly-in community

A Marion County fly-in community, home to the longest privately owned airstrip in the country, has a quirky history and a new owner Read more »
Published on 10/28/2015

A famous juggler's concrete plans

By the time Anthony Commarota was 8, he had become one of the best jugglers in the world, appearing on the ABC variety show “That's Incredible.” Read more »
Published on 9/28/2015

Cashing in on the Fountain of Youth

Magical waters tied to Ponce de Leon can be found throughout Florida. Read more »
Published on 8/27/2015

The town that killed an outlaw

Take a trip into the past and learn how a notorious killer died at the Smallwood Store in Collier County. Read more »
Published on 1/28/2015

The ‘Spite Wall' between the Fontainbleau and the Eden Roc in Miami Beach

The position of the Fontainebleau's 1962 addition served one purpose — to shade the pool at the Eden Roc. Read more »
Published on 12/26/2014

'The town that freedom built'

Zora Neale Hurston made the central Florida town of Eatonville famous. But the town has problems that Hurston's legacy can't solve. Read more »
Published on 11/26/2014

Killing Field: Frank Laumer spreads the word about a Dade battlefield

A long-ago battle still echoes for a Hernando County man. Read more »
Published on 10/28/2014

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