Jeeping in North- West Richloam
We started the day off by meeting up at a place in Clermont know for having some of the best donuts around, Donut King. After making a tough choice on which 12 to get we headed out and down Hwy 50 to Tarrytown. We took the first trail past the Little Withlacoochee river. A small numbered road that winds along the south side of the river. This brought us to Riverland Rd and eventually the Richloam General Store. This quaint store has been around for almost 100 years and the items you will find are all reminiscent of the late 20s. Old school candy, toys, cooking supplies and hand crafted nick-nacks. A very short distance away you will find the old forestry tower. You can no longer climb up because much of the wood is rotting away. We launched the drone to give you a view of what you could see if you did.
If you have ever been to Richloam you know there will be water, lots of water. Well the section north of 50 is probably the dryer section. We choose a route that would take us down Boggy road. More of a trail then a road. There were deep puddles and water pits on every other turn. But there were also room to bypass the potential disaster. After a stop at the General store we headed North West on 50. The first leg was a well maintained crush and run road that even a car could drive down. That would change when we turned onto Boggy Rd. You should stop and check any water holes before hap hazardously plunging in. If you get out to scope out a line, use caution. We encountered 2 cottonmouths this day and a banded water snake. There was a small creek crossing that was nice and pristine. Flowing water the color of ice tea. Not deep and a nice sold bottom. It was a nice ride and we will return to check out another possible crossing of the little Withlacoochee River. That would be an adventure.
We eventually made our way back out to 50 and headed to 471 and made our way to Green swamp. Our destination was a small cabin deep in the woods. This was the location of a grizzly crime scene just over 100 years ago. It was a time of depression and poverty. A couple had taken their savings out of the bank and brought it home for safe keeping. Some how, the grandson of the woman found out about the money. He and a friend came at night and ax murdered them in the very shack that still stands today. The bodies were found a week later when a relative was returning a horse. Near the shack you can find the grave stones and a plaque telling the story. The boys were caught and sentenced to 20 years each. Truly the love of money is the root of all evil. Despite that, there was no feeling of creepiness there, and that makes me wonder if the couple were Christians and secure in their faith. No lingering spirits here... Deep Florida history, found miles off road. Get out in your Jeep and explore some of the incredible views Central Florida has to offer.
Matt N Randy
Jeep Enthusiast, Pastor, Photographer, Artist, A husband and wife team that loves going out and seeing God's Creations.