Thursday, September 30, 2010

"Old Parramore" - New Book from Dale Cox

I'm pleased to announce that my latest book, Old Parramore: The History of a Florida Ghost Town, is now available.

Parramore was a riverboat port that thrived along the little known Florida section of the Chattahoochee River from around 1885 to 1927. It owed its existence to the beautiful paddlewheel steamboats that once plied the Chattahoochee, Flint and Apalachicola Rivers and was a major port for cotton, naval stores, catfish and even gopher tortoises.

Although the town did not grow until after the War Between the States, its history hundreds of years earlier with major Native American settlements of the Kolimoki chiefdom. By the time of the American Revolution, it was the home of William Perryman, a Creek chief who led his warriors into battle in Florida and Georgia on the side of the British. The area played a role in the Florida intrigues of the infamous pirate and adventurer William Augustus Bowles and by 1861 was the scene of riverboat landings and large cotton farms, including one owned by Florida Governor John Milton. A battle was fought near the community between Confederate troops and an organized force of pro-Union "raiders."

During the turbulent Reconstruction era, the Parramore area played a role in the assassination of raider leader Joseph B. Sanders, a former Union officer who terrorized area citizens in the years after the collapse of the Confederacy. It was in this era that the town itself began to grow. Parramore thrived until railroads and modern highways brought about the end of riverboat travel in 1927. Since then it has faded away to become one of Florida's least known but most intriguing ghost towns.

The book explores the history of Old Parramore from its earliest days to the modern area and also features some insights to local culture, a ghost story or two and even details on a legendary monster that some say stalked the woods of the old community.

The book is available from Amazon.com by following the link at the top left of this article.

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