1811, a land remembered*
Hutchinson Island, FL Pineapple Plantation
2016, a kingdom from a swamp
Indian River Planation on Hutchinson Island
*A Land Remembered, the novel by Patrick Smith, opens in 1968 with the rich but despondent Solomon MacIvey as he cruises along Biscayne Bay in his silver Rolls Royce, then jumps back in time to 1858, when his grandfather, Tobias MacIvey, arrives in the Florida wilderness to start a new life with his wife and infant son.
The sweeping story that emerges over the span of the next 114 years is a rich, rugged Florida history featuring a memorable cast of crusty Crackers who battle wild animals, rustlers, Confederate deserters, mosquitoes, starvation, hurricanes, and freezes to carve a kingdom out of a swamp. They survive and prosper, but at a high cost.
A whopping thanks to my Florida friend Sayra P. for introducing me to this Pulitzer and Nobel Prize nominee who captures the life and times of Florida’s past and its tenacious pioneers like no other.