Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Great Oaks - Greenwood, Florida

This week I'm taking some time to explore some of the fascinating historic sites in the Jackson County town of Greenwood. The community is always worth a visit, but especially this time of year when the spring flowers start coming out.
This historic home is one of the most eyecatching landmarks in Greenwood. Called "Great Oaks" because of the massive live oaks on the grounds, it was built in 1860 and was one of the last antebellum mansions constructed in the South.
Facing State Highway 71 South, the home has captured the imaginations of travelers for years. It was built in 1860 by Hamilton Bryan and was restored between 1961-1965 by the Claude Reese family. Although it is now a private residence, the home as served a variety of purposes over the years. Twice it functioned as a school.
A marker stands in front of the house to provide those who pull over to take a look with more information on the history of this beautiful old structure. Great Oaks is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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