Our History: Structures

Davis Shade TobaccoDavis Shade Tobacco Curing Barn & Produce Market

In 1828, Governor William P. Duval introduced Cuban tobacco to the territory of Florida. The following year, Virginia and Cuban tobacco seeds were blended in Quincy and renamed the “Florida Wrapper.” As a result, the culture of shade-grown cigar wrapper tobacco became a dominant factor in the social and economic development of Gadsden County. The Davis Shade Tobacco Barn, located seven miles west of Quincy on SR 65, dates from 1942.

Stop by their produce stand next door to see their impromptu “Shade Tobacco Museum” of photos, artifacts, and literature.

 

Calhoun County CourthouseHistoric Calhoun County Courthouse

This 1904 Courthouse was designed by architects Benjamin Bosworth and Frank Lockwood of Montgomery, Alabama, and is one of only two Florida courthouses built in the Romanesque Revival style. The courthouse was used until 1973 when the new courthouse was constructed. It has been restored and placed on the National Registry of Historic Places. An onsite marker commemorates the 1832 Treaty of Payne’s Landing and is written in both English and Muscogee Creek.

 

Shepards Millon Telogia CreekShepard’s Mill on Telogia Creek

Built in 1875, the mill is the only commercial water-powered grist mill remaining in Florida. It was named Gadsden County’s first Historical Site and Structure. Shepard’s Mill drew its power from Telogia Creek and its mill pond is just across the road. Many Florida gristmills were built along the same design, with the water flowing beneath the actual structure. The operators of the mill once sold grits, corn meal, cane syrup, and even high quality Telogia Creek tupelo honey. It is currently closed to the public and no longer in operation.