The Heritage Collection

Sunbright Manor

James T. Sherman of Brodhead, Wisconsin, was the original owner of the home that is now known as Sunbright Manor. Construction started on the house about 1886, and it was finished around 1890. Sherman, who was a successful merchant, used the house as the winter residence for his family. The

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Tobacco Farms

The following item appeared in The Marlboro Democrat of Bennettsville, South Carolina, on July 19, 1889: Large tobacco farms, to be worked and managed by skilled Cubans, have just been established at De Funiak Springs, Fla. Tobacco grown there from Havana seed is said to be even finer and more

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The Talk of the Day

The item below appeared in the New York Tribune on September 17, 1886. The De Funiak Springs Signal was a newspaper. The De Funiak Springs (Fla.) Signal calls St. Michael’s Church, Charleston, the Westminster Abbey of America, and appeals to Americans of all creeds to contribute to its restoration. [Contributed

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Independence Day

The following item appeared in the Richmond Dispatch on July 4, 1886: Yesterday at Defuniak Springs, Fla., Independence-day was celebrated with the grandest ceremonies and largest crowd ever assembled in Florida. The gray and blue mingled in doing honor to the day. [Contributed by Robert Daniel]

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Confederate Reunion

The following item appeared in The Chipley Banner on March 11, 1899: CONFEDERATE REUNION. Headquarters First Florida Brigade, U. C. V. Pensacola, Fla., Feb. 22, 1899. General Order No. 4: The Brigadier-Gen. commanding announces that the second reunion of the First Brigade, Florida Division, U. C. V., will take place

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