Sunday, July 4, 2021


 Last week I was riding south on the Chitty Chatty Trail on my way to Adamsville via Meggison and Warm Springs Road when it occurred to me to wonder how we rode to Adamsville before Morse Boulevard went through to 44. To find out, click on my Strava activity below from September 6, 2014.

 The original Methodist, now Baptist Church at Adamsville was built in 1852 and is the oldest church in Sumter County which is hardly surprising as the county wasn’t created until 1853! John Adams was the first pioneer to settle on the old Andrew Jackson Highway which was also called the Fort King Road and served as a stage coach route. In 1860 there were 1,549 settlers around Adamsville who grew oranges and vegetables, and raised cattle, hogs and chickens. Adams donated an acre of land for the church and the cemetery which is his last resting place.
 From the historical marker by the roadside one learns “Sumter County was created by an act of the Florida Legislature on January 8 1853. The new county was created from the southern part of Marion County and a contained a large segment of what is now Lake County. The community of Adamsville was selected as the first county seat. Near this site was erected a log building to serve as the county courthouse until the county seat was moved to Sumterville in 1858.”
Well I got my pictures then dodged between the stage coaches on the the Andrew Jackson Highway to cross to Marsh Bend Trail via the gap in the fence by the utility boxes opposite the church – a great shortcut but one that that was not available way back in 2014.

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