VAUCLUSE, located in Virginia's historic Shenandoah Valley, is where a New Orleans Attorney chose to spend his final days. He died at Vaucluse after "a long and painful illness." A Virginia native, his remains were then loaded aboard a train just down from the home where he had died. The deceased was shipped 700 miles south to Jacksonville, loaded aboard a steamer for a 150 mile journey down the St. Johns River to Mellonville, and transported via horse drawn buggy 28 miles further south to the trail's end. Here, at the site of a 40 year old abandoned fortress, William M. Randolph was buried, alongside his deceased daughter, Mary St. Mayer (Randolph) Harney. The Vaucluse Legacy, Chapters 1 thru 5 of 24 Chapters that reveal the intriguing struggles in the taming of South Orange County, FL. BEYOND GATLIN, available November 9, 2017, the 179th Anniversary of Fortress Gatlin.

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Gatlin; Fort Gatlin; Shingle Creek; Pine Castle; Troy, Conway; MacKinnon; Taft; Kissimmee of Orange County; Prosper Colony; The 'Oak Ridge' & much more!

OTHER BOOKS BY Richard Lee Cronin
First Road to Orlando; 
CitrusLAND Curse of Florida’s Paradise, 
The Rutland Mule Matter 
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