Ellaville

I went to Ellaville, located in Madison County, on 2/9/2017. 

According to the ghost town website,

Ellaville was a boom town of the 1800s, where approximately 1000 people lived at one time. The location was at the merging of the Withlacoochee and Suwannee rivers. George Drew and Louis Bucki had a number of businesses here including logging, sawmill, turpentine, and railroad car building. On May 19, 1895 two negro men, John Brooks and Samuel Echols were lynched in Ellaville. George Drew became the first Governor of Florida after the Reconstruction. His mansion was 1/2 mile northwest of the Ellaville site. Built in the 1860s, the two story mansion was surrounded by formal gardens. The mansion was destroyed by fire in 1970. The ruins are still there. The ruins of the sawmill can be seen on the west side of the Withlacoochee River. The town started to decline in the 1900s and the post office finally sucumbed in 1942 sounding the final disappearance of Ellaville. By Mike Woodfin

 

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