Tag Archives: Goat Island

Where Once Stood a Village Called Dames Point

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“I’m really scared of it,” 77 year Mabel Emory said of the Dames Point Bridge. It was 1984. The Jacksonville Transportation Authority told her to get her house out of its way. Whether the old Spanish coquina well were still there, wherever the Timucuan artifacts went, where the old village of Dames Point disappeared, the bridge now rises, just down and across from Goat Island.

 On August 23 at 6:30 pm at the Jacksonville Historical Society, Tim Gilmore will launch, read from, and sign his newest book, Goat Island Hermit: The State of Florida vs. Rollians Christopher.

You are invited: https://www.facebook.com/events/314940972382209/

Goat Island, Christopher’s Pier, Rattlesnake Hunting, a Man Shot in the Face, and Tim Gilmore’s Upcoming Book Launch at the Jacksonville Historical Society

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On August 23 at 6:30 pm at the Jacksonville Historical Society, Tim Gilmore will launch, read from, and sign his newest book, Goat Island Hermit: The State of Florida vs. Rollians Christopher. (Your invitation is at the bottom of this post.)

Rollians Christopher, 1955, photograph unattributed, courtesy Florida Times-Union

Here’s an early version of a story that makes its way into the book, a story about Christopher’s Pier, the tavern that protruded from the fishing village over the river for decades, about a Yellow Fever quarantine hospital, about a fisherman whose legs were car tires, about shrimp boats and hunting rattlesnakes, about a man shot in the face.

Goat Island, 1955, prior to its development into Blount Island, photograph unattributed, courtesy Florida Times-Union

You are invited: https://www.facebook.com/events/314940972382209/

Goat Island, the Bartchletts, and Tim Gilmore’s New Book, Goat Island Hermit

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On August 23 at 6:30 pm at the Jacksonville Historical Society, Tim Gilmore will launch, read from, and sign his newest book, Goat Island Hermit: The State of Florida vs. Rollians Christopher.

Here’s an archived story about the Bartchletts, who lived on a different part of Goat Island. In it, you’ll find art made on sawfish bills and manatee ribs and a pretty girl milking a goat.

You are invited: https://www.facebook.com/events/314940972382209/