Wednesday, October 15, 2008
The White House - Quincy, Florida
Continuing our look this week at some of the unique Civil War era structures in Gadsden County, this is "The White House" in Quincy.
Built during the 1840s for Joseph Smallwood, it became the home of P.W. White in 1849 when he married Smallwood's niece. He had the house enlarged and remodeled to its present appearance during the 1850s.
White played a critical role in sustaining the Confederate war effort. As Florida's chief commissary officer, he supervised the movement of beef, pork and other vital necessities north to support the Confederate armies in the field. A letter he wrote outlining the situation in Florida fell into Union hands and served as one of the motivating factors for the Olustee campaign in 1864. Federal military commanders hoped to occupy Florida as far west as the Suwannee River to cut-off Florida's northbound beef shipments. The result was the massive Confederate victory at the Battle of Olustee.
The White family lived in the home until the 1921, when it became the parsonage for Centenary Methodist Church. It is not open to the public, but can be viewed from the adjacent sidewalk.
If you are interested in learning more about Gadsden County's early days, please consider my new book, The Early History of Gadsden County. Proceeds from the book benefit the West Gadsden Historical Society. You can obtain more information by visiting: www.exploresouthernhistory.com/gadsden.