| | History
| || The History of Gilchrist County (1986)|
| || Thirty Florida Shipwrecks (1992)|
Stories of thirty of the most interesting of the thousands of Florida shipwrecks. Each shipwreck story has a map pinpointing its location and a full-color painting by renowned artist William Trotter.
| || African Americans in Florida (1993)|
This book highlights the lives of over 50 notable African Americans and traces the history of African Americans in Florida from the earliest slave ships through the Civil War and Reconstruction to the civil rights movement that began in the 1950's.
| || Twenty Florida Pirates (1994)|
Twenty of the most notorious Florida pirates from the 1500s to the present. Meet Sir Francis Drake, Black Caesar, Blackbeard, Jean Lafitte, Jose Gaspar. A lively read for adults and older children
| || The Hippocrene U.S.A Guide to Black Florida (1995)|
| || Native Americans in Florida (1999)|
Explores the importance of arhcaeology in preserving the past for future generations, how archaeologists do their work, and even how young people can gain hand-ons experience in a real dig. The different types of Indian mounds-burial mounds, shell middens, and platform mounds--and their uses are explained, as well as Indian languages and reservations. Provides detailed descriptions of 185 sites on the Native American Heritage Trail that mark important historical events as well as a calendar of important dates. A clearly written narrative for anyone interested in Native American studies.
| || Christmas in Florida (2000)|
Christmas is a worldwide celebration, but it’s celebrated in different ways across the world and the U.S. Learn how this holiday is celebrated in various parts of Florida and about early, modern, and ethnic festivities.
| || Images of America: Ocala (2001)|
| || Florida Outhouses (2002)|
The advent of indoor plumbing spelled the end of outhouses in Florida, and through the decades these unique structures have become more and more rare. Now grandparents have to explain to their puzzled grandchildren how the odd-shaped outbuildings with the crescent moon carved in the door used to stand in backyards across the country. Featuring a collection of photographs that highlight outhouses across the state of Florida, this book preserves the memory of these disappearing structures. Also included are the amusing answers to common outhouse questions, including *Why were crescent moons carved into outhouse doors? *What determined the size and shape of an outhouse? *Should outhouse doors open inward or outward? *What was used in outhouses in the years before toilet paper? Part photographic journey, part trivia, this delightful look at Florida's outhouses will make readers truly privy to a beloved structure that's quickly vanishing from the landscape.
| || Aviation in Florida (2003)|
Florida—land of perpetual sunshine, open spaces, and endless blue skies perfect for flying. Blimps, hot air balloons, bi-wings, jets, space shuttles—you name it: if you can fly it, you can fly it here, and many aviators have. From the launch of Amelia Earhart’s final flight to the world’s first scheduled airplane flight, important events in aviation have taken place in Florida.
Filled with gorgeous color paintings by artist William Trotter, this book offers the definitive history of aviation in Florida. From the open-cockpit bi-wing planes used by the barnstormers of the 1920s to the jumbo jets and space shuttles of today, author Kevin McCarthy covers all aspects of Florida’s varied and colorful aviation history: In 1909, after the Wright Brothers turned down a request from Miami’s mayor to set up a school of aeronautics there, Glenn Hammond Curtiss stepped in and established America’s fourth landing field and the first in the South. New Year’s Day in 1914 was a day of firsts in more ways than one: Tony Jannus guided his two-seater Benoist seaplane from St. Petersburg to Tampa on the world’s first scheduled airplane flight. His passenger that day, former St. Petersburg mayor Abe Pheil, had won his seat by bidding $400 in an auction for the honor. Established in 1919, Chalk’s Flying Service adapted well to the changing times of the early twentieth century, carrying bootleggers, their customers, and even customs agents during Prohibition. Aviator Jimmy Doolittle wanted to be the first to fly a plane from coast to coast, but his first attempt on August 6, 1922, was slightly off the mark. As Doolittle raced his modified DeHaviland DH-4 Army biplane down Jacksonville Beach, he hit some soft sand. The plane somersaulted into the ocean, dumping Doolittle into the water. For several minutes he thrashed about in the waves until he realized the water was only knee-deep. The thousand spectators who turned out for what they thought would be a record-breaking trip burst out laughing. It took a month for Doolittle’s plane—and his ego—to recover.
| || Apalachicola Bay (2004) and William Trotter|
From the union of the Chattahoochee and Flint Rivers at the Georgia-Florida state line, the mighty Apalachicola River flows unimpeded for about 100 miles to the Gulf of Mexico. At the river’s mouth lies Apalachicola Bay and Florida’s "Forgotten Coast," known for world-class seafood and seemingly endless miles of pristine beaches, shallow estuaries, and protected forests.
In Apalachicola Bay, author Kevin McCarthy takes us through the history of the bay’s sites and communities. Come along and discover •The cities and communities of Franklin County—Apalachicola, Carrabelle, Eastpoint, Lanark, and St. James Island—which have retained the charm of old Florida as they adapt to changing times
•The area’s barrier islands—St. Vincent, St. George, Dog Island—which are true ecological treasures and harbor exotic Sambar deer, endangered red wolves, 300-pound loggerhead turtles, as well as more than 200 bird species and 400 plant species
•The Apalachicola River, Apalachicola National Forest, and Apalachicola National Estuary Research Reserve—rich natural environments that have made it possible for people to live around the bay since as long as 10,000 years ago and which are remarkably well-preserved today
•Sites such as Fort Gadsden, Cape St. George Lighthouse, and Crooked River Lighthouse, as well as Apalachicola’s historic homes and buildings, which reflect the area’s rich history as a port, military-training area, and a center for cotton-packing, logging, and the harvesting of sea products
•The area’s distinguished historic personalities, such as physician John Gorrie, who invented a refrigeration device in 1844 that would lead to air-conditioning, and botanist Alvan Chapman, who in 1860 catalogued the flora of the southern United States With vibrant color paintings by William Trotter, Apalachicola Bay will let you savor some authentic Florida history and see what makes this "Forgotten Coast" memorable for residents and visitors alike.
| || African American Sites in Florida (2007)|
This book takes you on a tour, through the 67 counties, of the sites that commemorate the role of African Americans in Florida's history. Much of the history of the sites offered in this book is positive the many churches, lodges, schools, and businesses that played a role in the history of Florida blacks. But other sites are an indictment of the racism that permeated much of our past: the lynching trees, the inferior facilities forced upon blacks, and the burial sites of slaves. If we can learn more about our past, both the good and the not-so-good, we can make better decisions in the future. And we will know the importance of preserving the many historical sites that have remained neglected for too long.
| || Cedar Key, Florida: An Illustrated History (2007)|
Visit "the island where time stands still" and explore the romantic, almost forgotten history of old Florida. Rich in small-town atmosphere and old Florida history, Cedar Key is a quiet island community nestled among many tiny keys on the Gulf Coast. As a refuge for birds and wildlife, Florida's oldest port and home to artists and writers, the island has long been admired for its tranquility and natural beauty.
| || Micanopy, Florida: An Illustrated History |
| || Greek Americans of Florida |
| || Florida Lighthouses (1990)|
Every night, from thirty-one points along Florida’s thousand-mile coastline, fingers of light reach out through the darkness to guide the ships at sea. Kevin McCarthy has written the most complete guide available to Florida’s lighthouses, each entry illustrated with a full-color reproduction of William Trotter’s painting of the structure in its turn-of-the-century prime.
McCarthy has collected a remarkable variety of legend, anecdote, and history and provides several pages of background on each lighthouse. Since many of Florida’s lighthouses are open to the public, he also provides a map and detailed directions for reaching each one, as well as the best vantage point for viewing or taking photographs and information about exhibits, hours, and admission fees.
| || The Book Lover's Guide to Florida: Authors, Books and Literary Sites (1992)|
•An exhaustive survey of writers, books, and literary sites •Learn what authors lived in or wrote about a place, which books describe the place, and what important movies were made there •Both a travel guide and a reading guide •Also includes essays on topics such as Florida poetry, literary magazines, and mysteries
| || Guide to the University of Florida and Gainesville (1997)|
| || Over Southeast Florida (2005)|
Southeast Florida—the magic tip of the Florida peninsula. Charles Feil offers it to you from a bird’s-eye view, or rather, the view from his little gyroplane, Rooty Kazooty, as he buzzes over the beach, the cities, the Everglades, and the ever-shimmering waters of the Atlantic and its bays and inlets. The tour begins in Miami, and includes Miami Beach, Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, Vizcaya, Biscayne Bay. On we go, south to Florida City and Homestead and the farmlands to their west. Then we swoop over the mostly uninhabited Everglades. Here we see fires, and airboats, and sunsets, and the homes and villages of the Seminoles and Miccosukees. We fly north to Broward County with its main city, Ft. Lauderdale. We gaze at huge ships navigating the Hillsboro Inlet and then zip over to the beach and soar all along the coast of Broward and Palm Beach Counties. We encounter the contrasts of plush Palm Beach and more urban West Palm Beach and the Mediterranean sophistication of Boca Raton. All along the way, thanks to Kevin McCarthy’s succinct text, you’ll learn fascinating facts about what you are seeing.
| || St. Johns River Guidebook (2008)|
From any point of view—historical, commercial, or recreational—the St. Johns River is the most important river in Florida. Its 310 miles have been witness to some of the most important people in our state’s history: Jean Ribault, John and William Bartram, John McIntosh, Zephaniah Kingsley, Harriet Beecher Stowe; as well as many important groups: Timucuan and Seminole Indians, runaway slaves, British and Spanish settlers, missionaries, and many thousands of more modern Floridians and visitors who have boated, fished, developed, painted, photographed, and described the river.
This guide describes the history, major towns/cities along the way, wildlife, personages associated with the river. You’ll go by Sanford and Georgetown, Palatka and Orange Park. And at the mouth of the river, you’ll encounter the metropolis of Jacksonville and the Naval Station in Mayport. You will see manatees and jumping fish and lots of species of birds. You will meet many kinds of vessels: large boats and fishing boats making their living from the river, small day-tripping boats meandering its nooks and crannies, and houseboats floating by or anchored along the banks. Away from the big towns on quiet weekdays, you will experience a solitude and closeness to nature that may surprise you in this very populated state. Because not everyone interested in the river has the time or facilities to boat it, the last part of each chapter describes the land journey on each side of the St. Johns, from south to north. The last chapter describes some of the many places for lodging and eating along the way. So come aboard! Put on your hat and throw away your cares. Let’s float down the most important river in Florida: the mighty St. Johns (though for this north-flowing river, down is up!). We’ll start where the river starts, in the marshes west of Vero Beach, and end up 310 miles later at the Atlantic ocean.
| || Suwannee River Guidebook (2009)|
| || The Gators and the Seminoles: Honor, Guts and Glory (1993) and James Pickett Jones|
| || Baseball in Florida (1996)|
The history of Florida baseball encompasses greats, as well as outstanding college ball, the Negro Leagues, women's teams, and the minor leagues. You'll also read about baseball camps, old-timers' leagues, and even movies and novels about baseball.
| || Fightin' Gators: A History of the University of Florida Football (2000)|
The University of Florida, the state's oldest and largest university, is recognized today as one of the country's most academically diverse public institutions. Though able to trace its history to 1853, the school did not begin its popular football program until the first few years of the 20th century. The program has had its share of scandals and embarrassments over time, but it has also produced two Heisman Trophy winners, a national champion, numerous players drafted into the professional ranks, and a visibility that consistently ranks the team in the top five in the country. Now attracting 85,000 fans to each of its home games, the Gators’ football program has become a vital part of the University of Florida. When the team won the national championship in 1996, no one could have predicted such success just 90 years earlier. Fortunately, that fascinating journey through the last century has been captured in great photographs that include formal portraits of teams; action shots on the field; views of “The Swamp”; and snapshots of fans from every decade. These images tell the story of the birth and growth of a football team, a team that has brought enjoyment to millions and national recognition to the University of Florida.
| || Babe Ruth in Florida (2002)|
This is the story of the development of Babe Ruth as a baseball player in each of the twenty-plus springs he spent as a major-leaguer in Florida: how he usually negotiated a new salary, how he attracted thousands to his spring training and thus to Florida, and how he built on his spring trainings for the regular season. This work studies the interaction of Ruth and Florida; how he affected the state (in terms of enthusiasm for baseball C his own and that which he inspired in others, numbers of visitors to spring training, and economic impact on certain cities) and how the state attracted him during and after his baseball career. This is also a study of how two relatively young entities, a naive, twenty-three-year-old ballplayer and a state just beginning to be discovered by Americans, matured quickly in the first part of the twentieth century into arguably the finest all-around ballplayer of all time and the fourth most-populous state in this country respectively.
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