The Historical Society of Bay County
Panama City, Florida
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The Ultimate Attic: The West Florida History Center
Explore amidst some of the crates and boxes of the Panhandle's largest collection of research materials about West Florida, as Archivest Dean DeBolt shares some of the research and genealogical treasurers held at the University of West Florida Library.
Dean DeBolt, University Archivist, University of West Florida will be our speaker.
Dean is University Archivist/University Librarian for the University Archives and West Florida History Center at the UWF campus in Pensacola. He came to Pensacola in 1981 from Springfield, Illinois where he had been University Archivist at the University of Illinois-Springfield Campus and supervisor of the Illinois Regional Archival Depository. Those archives held records for 14 Illinois counties. Dean is also known for his knowledge, speaking, and research on the American Chautauqua Movement, specifically the history of DeFuniak Springs and the Florida Chautauqua that operated there from 1885 through 1920.
Visit the University Libraries and West Florida History Center at UWF here.
Join us for a Civil War reenactment of the St. Andrews Bay Saltworks Raid! The reenactment will be held across the street from 328 Beach Drive from 10am – 4pm each day.
Between 1861 and 1865, the St. Andrew Bay Saltworks, one of the largest producers of salt in the South, contributed to the Confederate cause by providing salt, fish, and cattle for southern troops and citizens. A necessary preservative in those times, salt sold for as much as $50 per bushel, and was produced in wood-fired saltworks on the perimeter of the West Bay, East Bay and North Bay and Lake Powell (Lake Ocala). An estimated 2,500 men, primarily from Florida, Georgia, and Alabama, were exempted from combat duty in order to labor in the saltworks. The salt was transported to Eufaula, Alabama, then to Montgomery, for distribution throughout the Confederate states. Because of the importance of St. Andrew Bay Saltworks to the Confederacy, acting Master W. R. Browne, commander of the U.S. Restless, was instructed to commence a series of assaults beginning in August 1862.
In December 1863, additional Union attacks occurred, which Confederate home guards could not resist. The attacks resulted in the destruction of more than 290 salt works, valued by Master Browne at more than $3,000,000. The St. Andrew Bay Saltwork employees promptly rebuilt them, and they remained in operation through February 1865.
Mark your calendar to be there !
To view a collection of photos from the Bay County Centennial Gala, held August 17 at the Panama Country Club in Lynn Haven, click the link below:
Congressman Southerland Marks Bay County's Centennial In the U. S. House of Representatives
Rep. Steve Southerland, II (R-FL) took to the House Floor to recognize Bay County's 100th anniversary on April 24, 2013. You can watch it. Click the YouTube icon below.
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Historical Society of Bay County
P.O. Box 1476
Panama City, FL 32402
Phone: (850) 832-0840
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