Did you know Jackson County is the only county in Florida that borders two other states? It borders Alabama and Georgia, as well as the Eastern and Central time zones; Jackson County is in the CST. Established on August 12, 1822, it is Florida’s 3rd oldest county. The county is named after General Andrew Jackson who first traveled through the area during the Seminole Wars and came to live here after the war ended. Marianna became the permanent county seat of government in 1829, only 2 years after it’s founding. Marianna was founded in 1827 by Robert & Anna Maria Beveridge who purchased three 80 acre tracts of land on a beautiful bluff along the Chipola River. Jackson County is also home to Florida’s most haunted bridge. Bellamy Bride is said to be haunted by the ghost of Elizabeth Bellamy, a bride whose wedding dress supposedly caught fire by a candle and jumped off the bridge to extinguish it, only to jump to her death. Another interesting fact – actress Faye Dunaway (some of my favorite movies with her are “Bonnie and Clyde,” “Chinatown,” and “Mommie Dearest”) was born in Jackson County in Bascom, Florida. And the Florida Caverns State Park in Marianna is the only state park in Florida to offer cave tours to the public. The caves were discovered in 1933 by members of the Civilian Conservation Corps after President Roosevelt’s New Deal. After the devastating effects of Hurricane Michael on Oct. 10, 2018, the Caverns State Park closed and is still being worked on daily. I overheard in the store yesterday that they are hoping to open July 1st but will have no power for up to 2 years. I see another blog coming about that. I am excited to do a tour of the caves by flashlight!