8 • Hometown Connections Guide 2013
Communities of Jefferson County The Towns of Jefferson County, Where Heaven Smiles Down on Earth Ashville • In the late 1830s, a country store was operated by James Morris and Samuel Sessions. The location came to be known as Rhodes Store, and by the late 19th Century was renamed Ashville. Aucilla • Originally called Williamsburg, the community was established with a store in 1845. When the Pensacola and Georgia Railroad came through, it was renamed Aucilla. In the 1800s, common spellings of the town’s name were “Ocilla” and “Oscilla.” Drifton • In the late 1850s, the railroad company established its Station No. 3 around the small community of Walker’s Mills. At the time, the location consisted of a depot, several mills, and one store. The community grew and was renamed Drifton in the1870s. Lamont • Originally referred to as Beasely’s Store, the location was renamed McKanes’ Store shortly before the Civil War, and was sometimes referred to as “Lickskillet.” It was renamed “Lamont” in the 1880s, but was occasionally referred to by its former names. Lloyd • Bailey’s Mills was established in the early part of the 1800s and grew into a large farming community when the railroad came through. By the mid-1800s, the town’s name had changed to Lloyd in honor of Walter F. Lloyd, who had established the first post office and built the town. Wacissa • During the Antebellum Period, the town was only a small community that many people expected to become a major port town at the head of the navigable Wacissa and Aucilla Rivers. In the 1970s, it became the home of the Watermelon Festival canoe races. Waukeenah • In the mid-1800s, Waukeenah was the second largest community in Jefferson County and was the home of two plantations: Waukeenah and Welaunee.
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