The Legacy of a Red Hills Hunting Plantation: Tall Timbers by Robert L. Crawford

By Robert L. Crawford

The pink Hills area is an idyllic atmosphere full of longleaf pine grasslands that stretches from Tallahassee, Florida, to Thomasville, Georgia. At its center lies Tall Timbers, a former searching plantation grew to become ecological study station.
          In 1919, sportsman Henry L. Beadel bought a plantation and renamed it Tall Timbers. As used to be the culture, Beadel burned the woods after each looking season as a way to maintain them away from the thick brush required by means of flooring foraging birds like quail. After the U.S. wooded area carrier condemned the perform within the Twenties as damaging for the wooded area and its natural world, the quail inhabitants decreased dramatically.
          inspired via his longtime buddy Herbert L. Stoddard, who used to be undertaking clinical chicken examine on his estate, Beadel set his attractions on holding the land with a view to learn, between different issues, the results of fireplace on crops and flora and fauna. In 1958, Beadel, Stoddard, and others demonstrated Tall Timbers examine Station Inc. as a personal, nonprofit company dedicated to clinical reasons, and upon his dying, Beadel donated his complete Tall Timbers property for use for ecological learn in perpetuity.
          This heritage of Tall Timbers is complemented by means of a wealth of precise and unpublished pictures which are within the site’s archival collections, together with photos from the past due 19th century—many taken by way of Henry Beadel himself, who was once either an entire and compulsive photographer. The e-book strains the transformation of the plantation into what its founders envisioned—a long term plot research station, self reliant of presidency or educational keep watch over. It additionally finds interesting insights into the lifetime of the rich landowner, Beadel, and his organization with well known naturalist Stoddard, which encouraged his evolution from a sportsman to a naturalist and at last to a conservationist.
          the unique textual content used to be written among 1973 and 1984 via Tall Timbers Beadel Fellow William R. Brueckheimer as an final result of his learn at the crimson Hills quail plantations and their land-use practices. The manuscript, which ended chronologically with the founding of Tall Timbers learn Station, languished within the station’s library for many years after finishing touch. It gone through numerous palms until eventually Robert Crawford used to be tasked with the project to edit, rewrite, and reorganize the unique finished, scholarly treatise and to deliver the tale up-to-date.
          the result's a cultural and environmental background of the crimson Hills quarter usually and the plantation neighborhood in particular. the quantity spans hundreds of thousands of years of human interplay with the land, from Indian prehistory via eu payment, the Gilded Age, the 20 th century, and finishing within the present.

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Archbold, members of the Whitney and Harkness families, Clement A. Griscom, Walter C. Teagle, and William Stamps Farish. 14 · Part I. Tall Timbers: The Plantation Era The Hannas in particular proliferated in the Red Hills. Especially important were five siblings, two brothers and three sisters (there was another brother and sister as well). Howard Melville Hanna and Mark Alonzo Hanna, early members of the Standard Oil Trust, had spent winters in Thomasville. 6 Howard and his sisters Salome and Sevilla all bought plantations in the area.

On the side, Howard (called Mel) and Mark were partners in M. A. , a holding company for coal, iron ore, and shipping interests. Sevilla married J. C. Morse (a comrade in arms with Mark Hanna and George Chapin in the Union forces during the Civil War), and they purchased Inwood Plantation. Lillian Hanna married S. Prentiss Baldwin, a Cleveland lawyer, who would become important in the history of the Red Hills because of his hobby of bird banding. Eventually, as W. R. Brueckheimer determined, in 1980, nineteen Hanna descendents (none was called Hanna, the name having been lost through marriages) separately (or jointly, in some cases) owned twenty-two plantations encompassing over 70,000 acres of land in the Red Hills.

S. 319 to the east. ) LeRoy Collins was hired in 1937 as assistant superintendent and took over when T. P. Strickland died in 1958 (see Chapter 13). He also married Strickland’s widow, Mabel Carter Strickland, in 1960. 20. Superintendent Thomas P. Strickland, at left, and Henry Beadel on the front porch of the Beadel House. Strickland was Beadel’s land manager. Tall Timbers Archives. 28 · Part I. 21a and b. Henry Beadel’s January 15, 1925, diary card. Beadel refers to dipping cattle in a vat in order to protect them from cattle tick fever and to hunting quail in the afternoon.

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