Monday, March 10, 2008

The Erwin House - Greenwood, Florida


I spent a few minutes roaming around Greenwood today and was struck by the beautiful redbud tree coming into bloom in front of the old Erwin House, so I snapped a photo to share with you.
Most likely the oldest standing structure in Jackson County, the Erwin House was built during the 1830s by John A. Syfrett. It became the hold of Col. John M. F. Erwin in 1861.
The beautiful old home was an important landmark in Jackson County's early history. Its location adjacent to the main crossroads in Greenwood placed it at the center of life in the community. Travelers often stopped here for a meal or spend the night and the original Greenwood town well can still be seen in one corner of the yard. According to legend, the attic of the home was used as a hiding place by Luke Lott, the "Calhoun County Assassin," after he shot a Northern official during an outbreak of Reconstruction era violence in Calhoun County.

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