I’ve been writing articles about aspects of South Dade history since early 2015. Most recently, I have been contributing to the website of the Historic Homestead Town Hall Museum. I’ve now decided to go out on my own because I no longer want to be limited to the history of Homestead. Other communities in South Dade, including Eureka, Florida City, Longview, Modello, Naranja, Princeton, Redland, Silver Palm and Goulds all have a lot of history that has never been told. All of the articles which appear on the Historic Homestead Town Hall Museum website have been copied and moved to this new website. Articles published up to and including Early Workers of Homestead – II will appear on both websites but subsequent posts will only appear on this website.
Writing about the past in South Dade is quite a challenge. The biggest reason for this is that this area has always had a very transient population. When people left, they obviously took their history with them and if those stories weren’t documented prior to their departure, they have been lost. Another reason is that so much documentation, artifacts and photographs have been lost in fires and hurricanes. Historians working in this area have their work cut out for them. I’ve been very fortunate in making contact with a number of people who have been extraordinarily gracious and generous in sharing what they know. The history of South Dade is almost virgin territory. Jean Taylor wrote a book called The Villages of South Dade which was published in 1984 and that has been something of a “go-to” resource for many writers. Her book was mostly based on personal interviews and she did do some documentary research but it is a very flawed book. It has to be used with great care as it is rife with errors. That said, if she had not published her book, we would all know significantly less than we do so we owe her a great debt of gratitude for her efforts.