Tall Timbers Plantation (Florida)
In 1826, John Phinzy of Georgia purchased Lot 4 of Section 22, Township 3 North, Range 1 East. In 1827, Samuel Bryan purchased Lot 1, Section 22 and Island 3 on Lake Iamonia within Section 22. In 1834, Dr. Griffin W. Holland, of Virginia purchased Lots 2 and 3 of Section 22, Township 3 North, Range 1 East naming the property Woodlawn. Dr. Holland lived at Woodlawn for about 10 years. Holland sold the land to Alexander Mosely in 1871.
Also see: Woodlawn
Edward Beadel was an avid sportsman from New York City and had been coming to the Piney Woods Hotel, a massive wood structure in Thomasville, Georgia for some time. The hotel was built around 1885 and attracted New Yorkers to Thomasville during the winter months. (The Piney Woods burned in 1906).
Beadel would often cross the Florida border to hunt on the property of Charlie Davis. Beadel was so impressed with Leon County that he purchased 2,200 acres (890 ha) of land along the north shore of Lake Iamonia for $8000. The property had been owned by the heirs of Eugene H. Smith and was called Hickory Hill. It consisted of land from the Woodlaswn and other land to the west. Beadel built a $3000 home where and old plantation house once stood and renamed the property Tall Timbers. The home had its own water tower, boat house from where duck hunts began, and other out buildings.
In 1919, Edward Beadel died and the property passed to his nephew, Henry Ludlow Beadel who had been hunting in Leon County since 1894. Henry Beadel enlarged the plantation to 2,800 acres (1,100 ha). Field hunting was accomplished via horse drawn carriage. For duck hunting, Henry used a handmade tin boat of between 8 and 9 feet in length. Tall Timbers also had a number of canoes. By this time, the house had a huge stone fireplace and rustic furniture fit for a lodge. The exterior had a sweeping porch facing the lake.
Henry Beadel's will left the plantation for use as a nature preserve for wildlife research. In 1963, his cousin, also named Henry Beadel, established the Tall Timbers Research Station Foundation for land and wildlife management. On April 7, 1989, 2,800 acres (11 km2) of the property was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.
- Paisley, Clifton; From Cotton To Quail, University of Florida Press, c1968.
- Bauer, Robin Theresa, Master's Thesis, Department of History, Florida State University, 2005
- University of Phoenix Archives
- Florida Memory Collecction - Illustrations within photos
- Paisley, Clifton, From Cotton To Quail: An Agricultural Chronicle of Leon County, Florida, 1860-1967, University of Florida Press, 1968. p. 78. ISBN 978-0-8130-0718-2
- Florida Memory Collection - Illustrations within photos of canoes
- "Tall Timbers Research Station". Retrieved 3/16/2013.
- Tall Timbers Research at Tallahassee Trust for Historic Preservation, Inc.
- Tall Timbers Research Center and Land Conservancy
- The Nature Conservancy
- Quail Unlimited
- Leon County listings at National Register of Historic Places