Hudson, Florida (Images of America Series)

Hudson, Florida (Images of America Series)

by Jeff Cannon
     
 

While Hudson was first settled around 1872, the community's namesake Isaac Washington Hudson Sr.'s family did not permanently move here until 1878. By 1884, the new town of Hudson had been platted, and the community's first post office and school were built. In its infancy, the community grew fast and residents relied upon the lands and Gulf waters for their

Overview


While Hudson was first settled around 1872, the community's namesake Isaac Washington Hudson Sr.'s family did not permanently move here until 1878. By 1884, the new town of Hudson had been platted, and the community's first post office and school were built. In its infancy, the community grew fast and residents relied upon the lands and Gulf waters for their livelihood. With the fast-growing community came the establishment of numerous sponging and fishing businesses in addition to farms. The banks of the big Hudson Spring were becoming the center of commerce, and there the resident businessmen constructed their docks, fish houses, mercantile stores, hotels, and more. Today, with a development on every corner and vacant lands becoming extinct, it is extremely hard to imagine those times. Little of this past remains, and in its place the bulldozers are paving Hudson with progress.

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From the Publisher

Title: Pasco heritage in good hands

Author: Geoff Fox

Publisher: Tampa Bay Online

Date: 7/10/2010

Pasco County's history is in Jeff Cannon's blood.

His family has been around Hudson for five generations, since before Pasco was created out of Hernando County.

"The local history is my family's history, too," said Cannon, author of "Images of America: Hudson," which traces his family's heritage through text and about 200 photographs.

Cannon recently organized the Pasco County Historical Preservation Society, Inc., a nonprofit organization that will endeavor to preserve historical sites and old cemeteries. He hopes to work with existing historical societies around the county to identify areas that need to be cleaned, preserved or restored.

He said the group has about 15 volunteers and that he is in the process of gaining tax-exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service. He has already done restoration work at cemeteries in Elfers, Hudson and Trilby.

"I got started in cemetery preservation while looking for my great-great-grandfather's (grave), but you can't find where he's buried," Cannon said. "The property where he lived has now been developed, and we believe he may be buried on the homestead. Through grass-roots efforts, maybe we can save some of these burial sites from the same fate."

He said the historical society endeavors to help any people, private organizations, businesses, or governmental agencies restore, preserve and document Pasco's history and historic sites.

Cannon said he wants to take over work once done by the county's own historical preservation committee, which was essentially disbanded due to budget cuts.

"I'm trying to fill a gap," he said. "Historical preservation should continue regardless of funding. These sites are in the community and belong to the community. We'll aggressively pursue grants that we can apply to historic preservation."

Cannon said he is sending letters to other historical societies around the county in an attempt to join forces.

Bob Hubach, president of the West Pasco Historical Society, said another group could only enhance preservation efforts in the county.

"I don't think there's anything competitive at all," Hubach said. Cannon "is a member of our society and has come in three or four times to give presentations. We even sent some volunteers to him to do some work at the Hudson cemetery."

Cannon said he is completing an "online cemetery database" that has more than 27,000 identified burials in Pasco cemeteries. When it's completed the database will be searchable by name and cemetery.

"I'm just trying to get the word out for when we coordinate clean-up projects and need volunteers," Cannon said. "I'm trying to involve the community. Anything people want to

donate - money or materials - goes into the work."

HISTORICAL PRESERVATION

For information about the Pasco County Historical Preservation Society, visit www .pascocemeteries.org or e-mail info@pasco cemeteries.org.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738567815
Publisher:
Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date:
11/11/2009
Series:
Images of America Series
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
1,123,993
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.30(d)

Meet the Author


Local historian Jeff Cannon traces his Florida heritage to the 1840s and is a fifth-generation Hudson resident. In Images of America: Hudson, he presents the places, faces, and events that have shaped the community's history and character. As the Old South ambiance of Hudson has passed with development, so has much of its history, which is demonstrated in this keepsake volume.

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