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Author - Jim Dourney

I am a Floridian heart and soul and live in the same town where I grew up. I am fascinated by history, especially local history. It is not unusual to find me in a library digging through old newspapers or rereading books full of stories of old Florida when not traipsing through a swamp. My interest in history and natural curiosity, led me to run a paranormal group for several years and will again soon.

New Smyrna Old Sugar Mill Ruins | Photo © 2014 Bullet, www.abandonedfl.com

New Smyrna Old Sugar Mill Ruins

The remains of the Cruger-dePeyster sugar mill which was destroyed in the 1830s. Tensions had been growing between the Seminoles, settlers and the U.S. Government. The government’s decision to...

Turnbull Ruins | Photo © 2014 Bullet, www.abandonedfl.com

Turnbull Ruins

Jane Sheldon’s children and hotel guests were just sitting for a midday meal at her “House on the Hill”, the largest hotel south of St. Augustine built upon a coquina foundation of a former...

Lockett Estate | Photo by Jim Dourney, 2014

Lockett Estate

Photo Credit: Jim Dourney, 2014 In late 1837, Colonel Zachary Taylor departed Tampa under orders to pursuit and capture hostile native Americans and in the process establish forts along a supply line...

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