Ginger's Happy Place and surrounding areas ...
"Yankeetown is a small village of about 500 souls just upstream of where the Withlacoochee River flows into the Gulf of Mexico. It is known by old timers as the town where Elvis 'followed that dream'" It is a commercial fishing town today. The oak shaded streets are draped with Spanish moss and lined with examples of Old Florida cracker homes. The eclectic rambling buildings and ancient trees remind you of how the whole State of Florida used to be before it got discovered by Yankees back in the day." (SRC#1)
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This was a by chance visit on our trip to Biloxi. A very small community with Old Florida 'feel'. Quiet, and quite isolated - feeling like a backroads location. It appears to a great place if you are a boater/fisherman with the Gulf only a few miles 'down yonder' - Rt 40. Some great old homes to see.
Wiki ... en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yankeetown,_Florida
Florida Backroads Travel - Elvis ... www.florida-backroads-travel.com/yankeetown-florida.html
"Mayo, the county seat of Lafayette County, population 1,226, is small town America personified.ed its name, at least temporarily, to Miracle Whip! Mayo is the kind of place where, if you stay for a few days, your stress level will drop and may just disappear altogether. Stay in or near Mayo for a day or two and you will get it. In the fall of 2018, Mayo changed its name, at least temporarily, to Miracle Whip! Is it Mayo or is it Miracle Whip? Watch the video below and you be the judge". See Video 'No More Mayo."
From 'Desolation Florida' ... "There's not much to the town of Mayo, Florida. It's the county seat of Lafayette County, and has a population of around 1300. It's located along highway 27, which connects High Springs (where I live) to towns further to the west. I've certainly driven through Mayo quite a few times as an adult, although I've only stopped once - and that was in order to take pictures for this blog. Modern day Mayo consists of a decaying old downtown, paralleling highway 27."
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We found Mayo to a be small hometown town, with folks that will spend time and talk with you, but not much to see in the town. We were interested in historical (100+ year old buildings) and to capture the House of Seven Gables (torn down). However, read the history here. Below are several photos to capture the area. Lots of renovation ongoing - we will drive through again. The small town of Mayo did temporarily changed its name to Miracle Whip as an advertising stunt).
A mildly disappointing side trip. But all was not lost, we found the historic La Chateau de Lafayette, built in 1883 and served as a courthouse, private home, apartment, and a wonderful B&B today.
Wiki ... en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mayo,_Florida
Mayo ... www.naturalnorthflorida.com/mayo/