Levy County was formed March 10, 1845, and became Florida's 27th county. One week earlier on March 3, 1845, Florida joined the Union as the 27th state. The county was named in honor of David Levy Yulee, one of Florida's first two elected US Senators. Levy County has a rich history and heritage which is intertwined with the lives of the early pioneers who made the county their home.
The county's abundant natural resources have drawn men from around the world to make their fortunes. The completion of the Florida's first railroad from the Atlantic Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico in 1861 provided the means for these men to share those resources with the world.
The intent and purpose of the Levy County Historical Society is to collect, reserve, interpret, and promote Levy County's rich history for the education and enjoyment of present and future generations.
Levy County Historical Society, Inc.
12751 NW 92nd Street, Chiefland, FL 32626.
HELEN DENHAM WAYSIDE PARK
In 2015, the Levy County Historical Society purchased a 3.3 acre parcel of land at the intersection of SR24 and CR347, just before No. 4 Bridge. Future plans for the site are to establish a wayside park to provide the history of the sternwheel riverboat the Helen Denham, the saw mill community of Lukens, and the Tilghman Cypress Company. Also, to erect Florida Historic Markers to denote the site of 2nd Seminole Indian War Fort No. 4 and the Civil War skirmish which occurred at Station No. 4.
ATLANTIC COAST LINE RAILROAD CABOOSE
In January 2016, the Levy County Historical Society purchased an Atlantic Coast Line caboose from a local family and moved it to US19/98 and the Waccasassa River in Gulf Hammock. The new home of the caboose is across the highway from the abandoned ACL rail line that ran from Dunnellon to Wilcox through Levy County. The Society plans to have the caboose restored and at the present time it is not open to the public.
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Morning on the Suwannee River