Drew Mansion Site / The Town of Ellaville

Drew Mansion Site / The Town of Ellaville (HMD4O)

Location: Lee, FL 32059 Madison County
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Country: United States of America
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N 30° 23.183', W 83° 10.5'

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Drew Mansion Site
Located approximately one-half mile to the northwest is the site of the Drew Mansion, home of George F. Drew, governor of Florida during the difficult period of readjustment following Civil War Reconstruction, 1877-1881. Built in the late 1860's, the two-story mansion with its beautiful color-matched oak parquet floors was surrounded by formal gardens and was one of the first homes in the area to have modern utilities. This once elegant landmark of Florida's past was destroyed by fire in 1970.
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The Town of Ellaville
Closely related to the career of Governor George F. Drew was the sawmill and manufacturing complex of Ellaville, established by Drew in the mid-1860's. The present Route 90 led through this town of several hundred people. The ruins of the sawmill are on the west bank of the Withlcoochee River near its confluence with the Suwannee. Ellaville fourished as long as the yellow pine lasted. It declined after 1900 and ceased to exist when the Post Office closed in 1942.
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HM NumberHMD4O
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Marker NumberF-200
Year Placed1972
Placed ByThe Family of Robert L. Millinor in cooperation with Department of State
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Date Added Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 at 8:11pm PDT -07:00
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Photo Credits: [1] DRAYTON CALLISON - DRAY'S WORLD ON YOUTUBE  [2] DRAYTON CALLISON - DRAY'S WORLD ON YOUTUBE  
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 291018 N 3363608
Decimal Degrees30.38638333, -83.17500000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 23.183', W 83° 10.5'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 23' 10.98" N, 83° 10' 30.00" W
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Area Code(s)850
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 596 NE Drew Way, Lee FL 32059, US
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Park and picnic area are well maintained. The ruins of the Drew Mansion are hard to find.

Jul 14, 2021 at 7:03am PDT by drayton

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