As a public health precaution we will be hosting our upcoming programs via Zoom Webinar.

Rails into the Sun: A History of North Central Florida Railroads

Saturday, June 26

4pm – Free Virtual Program

Join us on Saturday, June 26 via Zoom webinar to learn more about north central Florida railroads!

Historian Jonathan Nelson will discuss the railroad’s contribution to the development of Florida, with the primary focus on Alachua County railroads. The construction of David Yulee’s first cross-state railroad in the 1850’s linked Florida with two oceans and made possible the mass migration of people and cattle. This put Gainesville on the map, and caused Alachua County to boom, a trend that continues to this day!

Registration is free via Zoom webinar: The program will also be streamed live via the Matheson’s Facebook page.

Featured image: Author and historian Lizzie Robinson Jenkins, courtesy of Cool Blue Photography