Newsletter -- August/September, 2002.

We will begin the first weekend of fall with a trip to the Dudley Farm Historic State Park in Newberry. We will depart from the Bronson-Mulholland House on Sunday, September 29th at 10:30 A.M. to begin our event, stopping in Gainesville for lunch before proceeding to the park. The Dudley Farm is an authentic farm complex consisting of eighteen historic structures dating to the 1880’s. Spanning one hundred and fifty years, three generations of the Dudley family lived and worked this farm, which became a significant crossroads community in the latter part of the 19th century. The tour will begin at the Hodge Visitor Center located off State Road 26 approximately four miles east of Newberry in Alachua County. There is a vehicle entrance fee of $4.00 per vehicle with a maximum of eight people per vehicle. Please wear appropriate comfortable clothing and walking shoes. We hope you will join your fellow Society members for an interesting and fun trip. Please feel free to bring along a friend.


The Society’s 3rd annual Fall Antique Fair will be held on Saturday, November 9th on the grounds of the Bronson-Mulholland House. As our primary fundraiser of the year, the fair needs the support of all Society members. Please help us to make this our most successful event ever. We need volunteers in various areas throughout the day and, donations of food. Please contact President Meri-lin MacGibbon at 386-659-2321 or Director Guy Tillis at 386-329-0140 to tell us how you can help.


In cooperation with Southern Heritage Press of St. Petersburg, your Society is working on a pictorial history of Putnam County and its communities. Photographs for the proposed book are being solicited from throughout the county. If you have unique historic photos of Putnam County, we would like to hear from you. Please contact our committee chair, Larry Beaton at 386-329-0811 for details.


The City of Palatka will be celebrating its sesquicentennial in 2003. Mr. Ken Mahaffey, Putnam County Tax Collector, will be chairman of the planning committee for the event. Your Society will be actively involved in this historic celebration. We will keep you informed of scheduled events.


The strength of our Society is through its active members. Please help us increase our numbers by encouraging friends and relatives who have an interest in local history to join us. Consider giving a Society membership as a birthday or holiday gift. We can’t continue our work in preserving our rich local history without you!


Roscola was a community located approximately six miles south of Interlachen and close to Cabbage Creek. In its early days almost every family that lived there was related to every other family by blood or marriage. What was started in a joking way soon caught on and the area was dubbed “Cousin-town” which sticks to the area to this day. After the Civil War the area was settled by Al Strickland, Enoch Matchett, Elias Walker, John Woods, Charles Hemenway, James King, and others. (From The River Flows North, pages 262-263).