News for Calhoun and Liberty County, FL
Banner test

Evacuees take shelter from hurricane at Torreya State Park

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Some Florida residents fleeing Hurricane Irma last week found a unique place to seek shelter - Torreya State Park. The Liberty County park was one of several in the panhandle offering free camping sites for storm evacuees who started coming in Friday, Sept. 8. After the park’s 29 campground sites, […]

‘Lost’ hikers found in training drill at Torreya State Park

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Emergency workers were put to the test last week when they were sent out on a mock call at Torreya State Park to find a missing hiker. The location of the training drill was chosen because of the challenges it offers, according to Liberty County Emergency Management Director Rhonda Lewis. […]

Torreya Park hiker bitten by copperhead

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A Bay County man hiking at Torreya State Park Saturday afternoon was rushed to the hospital after being bitten by a snake. The man, who was camping at the park with his wife and children, was walking alone around 5 p.m. when he left the designated trail area by Weeping […]

The Gregory House — almost lost — is saved for posterity

by Norman Krentzel In the files at the Torreya State Park office is a transcript of an interview with Mrs. Gay of Altha. It was written by C.H. Schaeffer in 1956. After Miss Chaffa (Atchafalaya Gregory) died in 1916, Mrs. Gay says, “A Mr. and Mrs. Saturday, the latter a midwife, lived in the Gregory […]

The moving of the Gregory House

by Norman Krentzel The moving of the Gregory House was accomplished with the help of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). In 1935, the Neal Lumber Co. donated the Gregory House to the State of Florida Parks Department and a CCC camp was established across the river where the current camping area is now located in […]

Miss Chaffa returns to her family home

by Norman Krentzel Miss Chaffa returned to Ocheesee to reclaim her father’s property in 1895. After hiring an attorney, Francis C. Carter, she accomplished the task, recovering 2,700 acres, and refurbished the Gregory House built by Jason Gregory. “She made the surrounding lands and the house a place of beauty,” said Mrs. Sam Gay of […]