Today I set out with a tank of gas in search of a taste of old Florida. The goal? Adventure of course and to find some landmarks time forgot. Just to show that you don’t always have to have a destination in mind sometimes it’s the journey that means everything.
What I found was the tiny town of Coleman Florida.
There isn’t much history to be found on the area, though landmarks suggest it was founded in the mid 1800’s. Like most Florida towns of the time were most likely founded due to the train going straight through the middle. Coleman was likely no different.
Not far from the FCI Coleman low federal prison was an interesting little attraction. Attached to an historic park (like the ones kids are taken to on field trips) was an old general store/ antique shop that had a for sale sign up and was abandoned. The only information I found on the place was a photo dated from 2013 where the location looked like it was still operating
Adventuring on! Up the road a bit I ending up in this little neighborhood. Amid beautiful old cracker style homes was this completely dilapidated business.
Some locals told me this building used to be the old Silver Lodge where some great musicians played back in the day. Of course they also tried to pick me up…and I can’t find any information on the place so I’ll leave the history of the location up to the locals who believe in what this place used to be. Although the old piano out front is very telling I can’t say much else about the almost burnt out building.
Old farm houses and cows are two things Florida is not short on.
Old Homesteads are no different.
I’ve gotten suggestions to include haunted locations in this blog. This will be closest I get to out right saying a location is haunted. Ghost hunters enjoy.
In the two photos above there is an unexplainable occurrence. I have several shots from the same angle and in the first shot there was no little glowing light and no fireflies (Do they have fireflies in Florida? ) and in the second picture in the top left window panel there looks like there’s a face peaking out of the window. Honestly it creeps me out so much I don’t want to look at it anymore.
Just some extra shots of houses I saw on my way back to the interstate. Just goes to show that if you’re in need of adventure and want to see some cool stuff that might be completely gone in a few years you can always look in your back yard. Every state has a list of ghost towns and a plethora of interesting history to back it all up. Sometimes you just need to go out and look for it.
A couple of tips if you do want to go out and find some of the forgotten frontier
- Heed no-trespassing signs. If you decide to go inside or cross property lines know that you can and will get in a lot of trouble if caught. It is breaking and entering.
- If you can, do some research first, find out if the property is owned by anyone. If it is see if maybe you can get permission to explore. If not and there aren’t any no-trespassing signs well….it’s always better to ask forgiveness than permission.
- If you go exploring remember the rules of hiking trails. Take only photos and leave only footsteps. Don’t vandalize anything and don’t move anything. It’s not funny, it’s not cool and you could be seriously damaging the integrity of the property without even realizing it. Besides it’s disrespectful.
- If you are caught, be respectful and leave.
- Don’t be afraid of the locals, most of the time they are happy to share the history of their community. If they seem hostile, see rule above.
And that’s really it, it goes without saying: Don’t be a dick and use the buddy system. It’s always more fun (and safe!) if you bring a friend.
BTW I don’t care what your photography teacher says, old creepy signs are always fun!
Also! if you have any information on any of these locations I’d love to hear from you.