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-n16HICKORY ISLAND HOME BUILT IN 1855 By HAMPTON DUNN YANKEETOWN --The population explosion being what it is, there are not many places in Florida where you can "get away from it all," but the Mayor of Inglis, Dewey Allen, knows where. Dewey Allen just bumps along in his car over some of the sorriest roads in the state, across marsh grass and through forests of cedar trees and palmettos, goes from island to island, heading toward the Gulf of Mexico from Yankeetown, the last sign of civilization. That community, by the way, is split between Citrus and Levy Counties, and is on the tall end of State Road 40, west of U.S. 19. Mayor Allen bought 30 islands, more or less, in a big package deal a few years ago. A prize on one of them is an ante-bellum home, built by slave labor in 1855. It is the homestead of the late Drs Andrew Elton Hodges, physician and lumberman, who came here with his bride from Texas prior to the Civil War. He logged cedar and Palmettos, and practiced medicine on his neighbors for free. The old house is built of heart pine, in good shape after more than, a century of serving the Hodges family, and recently, the Allens. It's on what is called Hickory Island, named for the lone hickory that stands out among the other trees. The home is a one-story, high roofs high ceiling cottage style with wide board floors. Over the fireplace of the house is a painting of Dr. Hodges' favorite hunting dogs, Bruno and Juno. It was painted by an itinerant painter, who also painted the house. A family cemetery is on a nearby island. There is buried Romulus, who was eight years old when he died in 1866 from eating poisonous berries he thought were huckleberries. Dr. Hodges was grandfather of State political figure, Randolph Hodges.
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Hickory Island home built in 1855
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by Hampton Dunn.
1 online resource (2 p.) :
Title from caption on PDF of p.1 (viewed Aug. 24, 2010).
At head of title: Photouring Florida.
Typescript of Photouring Florida column that describes a Hickory Island, small community near Yankeetown, and Andrew Elton Hodges' antebellum home there.
x Description and travel.
t Hampton Dunn Photouring Florida collection.