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Remembering a Swamp Rose on Silversmith Creek

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Along one of the most polluted waterways in North Florida, I walked with her.

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I’d find references to the Bigelow Plantation and a Spanish land grant inherited by Jean Baptiste Richard, who died in 1810. The sea hag was five years old.

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“That’s right,” she said. She pointed to the single pink flower: “It’s a swamp rose.”

 

New Story: Death and Life of a Spanish American War Fort

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The guns never fired. Behind concrete parapets, the two eight foot long, 16-ton “rifles” peered over the bluff, waiting for the Spanish ships to take the St. Johns River into Jacksonville.

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Perhaps the spirits they believed haunted these grounds and witnessed walking up from munitions tunnels were the ghosts of their virginities.

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