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Turpentine Births Modern Day Jacksonville
« on: July 06, 2015, 03:00:01 AM »
Turpentine Births Modern Day Jacksonville

The turpentine and resin industry was a driving force behind the development of 19th century port cities like Pensacola and, of course, Jacksonville. Once Florida’s largest industry, and one of the oldest industries in the United States, turpentine is a ubiquitous ingredient in American household products including paints, medicines, hair spray, and cosmetics (to name a few). Here's a brief look at its impact on Jacksonville over the last century.

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Re: Turpentine Births Modern Day Jacksonville
« Reply #1 on: July 06, 2015, 08:37:25 AM »
Thanks for more great area history.  The last page is the first I had heard the name Skinner connected with an industry other than dairy.
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Re: Turpentine Births Modern Day Jacksonville
« Reply #2 on: July 06, 2015, 10:29:13 AM »
Here's a link to an old MJ story on the development of former Skinner turpentine land in the Southside:
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Re: Turpentine Births Modern Day Jacksonville
« Reply #3 on: July 11, 2015, 10:49:59 AM »
it is still possible to come across the clay sap collection pots during woods rambles. "Hertie" pots. A hole at the lip for a nail- pots were placed on the tree at the bottom of "Cat Face"  V cut on the tree. Metal plate in V configuration directed the sap in to the pot.Hertie pot was apparently the latest developed and utilized,on in to the 1950's and possible even early 60's.

And it is still possible to come across remnant "Cat Face" trees. On rare occasion, the tree is still alive. Usually just a remnant stump, waist to shoulder high,sometimes even with the drip plate remaining, weathered well to date thanks to the sap concentration. 

It is a thrill to discover the pots. Often just a section of the pot is visible.(Perhaps I ramble where few do?.... ;D ) I have collected about a dozen west of Jacksonville within the former Gilman Paper Company Lands and other adjoining woodland properties, now recognized as "O2O"; The Osceola National Forest To Ocala National Forest Conservation Corridor, which entails 'working" Timberlands.

It's satisfying to know that certain former Turpentine Lands are cherished,likely protected from "Development".....and still producing forest products.
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Re: Turpentine Births Modern Day Jacksonville
« Reply #4 on: July 11, 2015, 06:22:14 PM »
In 1908, the National Transportation & Terminal Company, a subsidiary of the American Naval Stores Company, moved headquarters to Jacksonville from Savannah, Georgia.  The yard was located at the intersection of Enterprise Street (now Beaver Street) and Stockton Street.

FYI, most of this site is now the Jacksonville Farmers Market and Preferred Freezer Services.  We believe we have copies of drawings showing the layout of this terminal in our files somewhere if there is any interest.  As we recall, it included a cooperage (barrel makers) and a variety of cross docks along numerous rail sidings crisscrossing the site.