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This site has long been a camping area for fishermen who would camp for the night waiting for the tides to get right for mullet fishing out in Waccassassa Bay. Right across the small tidal inlet (to the left of the picture) used to be "Grady's Camp" the fishing camp of Grady Phelps, who fished Waccassassa Bay for all the years that I recall growing up in Levy County. The spot that is now the primitive camping area was a spot that we camped as Boy Scouts from Troop 335 in Bronson. It is a peaceful place to camp, if you bring lots of 100% deet. The gnats and mosquitos are brutal.

This photo is of what was the "new Smith's Store" after the old one next to it was closed. For as long as I remember, Fred Sanders was the store manager. He had no cash register, and he would write down your purchases on a piece of brown wrapping paper, then add it all up in his head to come up with your total. We lived across the parking lot and behind the Suwanne Store from the Smith's Store. My great grandfather Ira J. Tindale owned and rented a number of houses in the area. We lived in and rented one, and it was willed to my dad when great grandad Tindale died. We lived in the house until we moved to Usher in 1966. My brother, David and I tore down the house, salvaged the lumber and roofing tin, and built a hunting/fishing camp from the materials down near the Wacassassa Fish Camp on a farm owned by Mr. MacMillan. Dad sold the land for $500. The camp we built was still standing over 40 years later when I visited the Mr. Mac's farm a couple of years ago, due mainly because the house was built out of pine lumber that was still saturated with pine sap, and didn't rot. It would burn, however, since it was of the same quality as "fat lighter" pine that everyone used to start their wood burning stoves.


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