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Hamilton County, Florida
Here is a history page for White Springs.
Here are a few facts from that history page. For the compete, informative history, including pictures, see the above history page.
White Sulphur Springs was considered to be a sacred healing ground and warring tribes could come to bathe in and drink the mineral waters here while putting aside their disagreements.
The Seminoles maintained the traditional use of White Springs as a refuge and as a healing place until they were pressed aside by the development of the South Georgia and North Florida by waves of white settlers.
In the late 1800s, there were 14 luxury hotels and many more boarding houses to accommodate the visitors who came by special excursion train to enjoy the river, the spring, and the climate at White Springs.
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The Town of White Springs is located on the historic Suwannee River. The town has a large historic district for which a walking tour brochure is available. The Florida Folk Festival brings tens of thousands of music, dance ,arts, crafts, and folk traditions enthusiasts to White Springs each year on Memorial Day weekend.
The historic Stephen Foster State Folk Culture Center
Named after Stephen Foster, who immortalized the Suwannee River with his song "Old Folks at Home", or more popularly named, "Suwannee River"
The Stephen Foster Center features folk arts classes and demonstrations throughout the year. The Florida Nature and Heritage Tourism Center will open in White Springs in the spring of 2001.
Visit White Springs, just three miles off Interstate 75, for a glimpse of Florida as it used to be.
Town Officials (May 2000)
Town Manager: Henry Dunn
Town Clerk: Shirley Heath
Mayor: Joseph McKire
Vice Mayor: Ralph Hardwick
Council: Tracy Woodard, Walter McKenzie, John H. Graham
Police Chief: Michael Price
Fire Chief: Joe Greene
White Springs Community Events May 26-28, 2000
Annual Florida Folk Festival
A three-day celebration of folk songs, music, dances, legends, crafts and other forms of traditional expression which reflect the folk life of Florida. Co-sponsored by the Department of State.
Phone: : 904.397.2733
Time: Gates open at 8 a.m