Welcome to Dixie County,
Dixie County Courthouse, Cross
City, Florida circa 1940
The Putnam Lumber Co.
Old Dixie Churches
|Dixie County was formed in 1921 from
Lafayette County. The County Seat is Cross City. The County fronts on
the Gulf of Mexico but it does not have the beautiful beaches of
neighboring counties to attract tourists. It is one of the state's
least densely populated areas and averages only 15 people per square
mile. Population in 1990 was 10,585. By 2000 it had risen to 13,827.
The region is a favorite with deer, turkey and wild pig
hunters tourists. Dixie's largest private employers are timber
companies. The major road into the county is US 19 and air service is
available 60 miles to the east at Gainesville Regional Airport. The
county's history includes a battle at Old Town on US 19, where Chief
Billy Bowlegs met up with Andrew Jackson during Indian uprisings. Prior
to the Civil War, Old Town was the site of a factory where Spanish moss
was turned into clean, economical stuffing for mattresses and furniture.
shares a great deal of its heritage with it's mother county,
Lafayette. Even though a majority of the records have been
transcribed from the Lafayette County originals, Lafayette County still
maintains vast genealogical and historical information pertaining to
Dixie County. So those of you having Dixie County ties that
stem to the 19th Century, will probably have to look to Lafayette
County for your missing information.
photo: Florida Memory Collection RCO4008
Populated Communities of
Present day Dixie County
|Clara (also part of Taylor County)
Dixie is a county that
throws back to former times. It is a nice quite area of the
state to live and visit.
Bird watching is enjoyed by many who enjoy seeing birds such as the
Swallow-Tailed Kite which visits the Lower Suwannee Wildlife Refuge
area between May and September. Several other interesting
birds are common such as the
Red-Tailed Hawk, the Red Shouldered Hawk , Ospreys, the American
Kestrel and American Bald Eagles who enjoy the banks of the waterways.
include Chicadees, Flycatchers, Purple Martins, Titmice, Vireos, and
over a half dozen varieties
of Woodpeckers. As other areas are becoming aware, Sandhill
Cranes also can be seen here.
Other nature hobbiests enjoy the springs of Dixie which are not as well
known White Springs in neighboring Madison County. Fishing is
popular pastime along the
Suwannee Riverand its tributaries.
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FSGS Florida Pioneer Descendants Committee
Do you have
an ancestor who lived in the territory of Florida before
The Florida Pioneer Descendants Certification
Committee would like to
hear from you.
And if your pioneer was
born in any county area before it was officially
formed and named, a county award may also be waiting for you.
presented annually at the Florida State Genealogical
Society's Pioneer Banquet
each Fall in conjunction with yearly
Your application is an excellent way to honor
those folks who braved
hardships to settle previously unknown areas.
information, see the website of Florida State
Genealogical Society at
and click on "Florida
Pioneer" at top of page.
Don't put it off much
longer! The deadline for submission of your
application and documents
will be June 30 each year.
forward to celebrating your Florida ancestry with you.