Clay Hill / Maxville Florida

Clay Hill / Maxville Florida Clay Hill Maxville area

Those of us lucky enough to grow up here know the true meaning of a simple life. When you say Clay Hill you may have to explain where it is but, there really is no way to explain what it was like growing up here. Most of us have done a lot of riding down dirt roads, sitting on porch swings, going down to the creek and going by Jim Buds to hear the latest gossip or to get the coldest drinks in this part of the county. We hope to bring families and friends together to help preserve our history. We are proud of where we come from. We want to save as much of our memories of our beloved family members and the great stories that have been passed down through the years.

Randy
06/11/2020
Randy

Randy

FYI Clay Hill, Florida is in the beginning stages of organizing their own Historical Society. Not sure yet, if it's going to be Clay Hill Historical Society or Historical Society of Clay Hill. The Clay Hill community is a treasure of historical sites, Cracker-style houses, artifacts and much more. Just a few of the images from that area can be seen by clicking on the link below. More information of this project will be shared when it available.
Click on any "thumbnail" to the right to view the larger picture. Click on the larger image to cycle through them all. All pictures are free for downloading, printing out and to do with as you like, except sell.

Clay Hill / Maxville Florida
06/09/2020

Clay Hill / Maxville Florida

Randy White what happened to making sure your constituents were able to voice their opinion on the destruction of 1,915 ACRES of wetlands, swamps, rural land and farm land in Maxville and Black Creek????

We were told this was not going to be done by zoom or computer because there has been so much out cry and push back against this proposed development, here we are a month later and it’s being snuck in!

Protests are being marched in the city right now to remove a statue that has never hurt anyone in 102 years yet our Freedom of speech is being silenced!

Instead of letting the public show up in force to speak on behalf they are restricting our freedom of speech and our right to FIGHT for our community and our rural way of life.

Right now from Maxville to Cecil Field to Clay Hill to Middleburg is flooding because you are letting developers destroy the wetlands and tributaries to Black Creek. #stopthetrails #saveblackcreek #saveourwetlands #keepFlwild #jacksonvillecitycouncil #duvalcounty #savemaxville

Randy White what happened to making sure your constituents were able to voice their opinion on the destruction of 1,915 ...
06/09/2020

Randy White what happened to making sure your constituents were able to voice their opinion on the destruction of 1,915 ACRES of wetlands, swamps, rural land and farm land in Maxville and Black Creek????

We were told this was not going to be done by zoom or computer because there has been so much out cry and push back against this proposed development, here we are a month later and it’s being snuck in!

Protests are being marched in the city right now to remove a statue that has never hurt anyone in 102 years yet our Freedom of speech is being silenced!

Instead of letting the public show up in force to speak on behalf they are restricting our freedom of speech and our right to FIGHT for our community and our rural way of life.

Right now from Maxville to Cecil Field to Clay Hill to Middleburg is flooding because you are letting developers destroy the wetlands and tributaries to Black Creek. #stopthetrails #saveblackcreek #saveourwetlands #keepFlwild #jacksonvillecitycouncil #duvalcounty #savemaxville

06/08/2020

I remember when I was a young girl sitting in a pew at Maxville Baptist Church listening to Brother Richard Fish preach on how the Mississippi River flooded due to them damming it up and changing the natural flow of the river.

Thousands of people lost their homes and a lot of people died. Way before the internet and Facebook we watched the TV, we watched the news stations before they all started telling their own narratives. It was real life.

I watched as people clung to trees as the river pushed back and furiously made its way down to the Gulf.

I remember one image of buses over turned that were full of young people my age that were swept into the river.

I remember vividly Brother Richard saying God don’t like when you mess with HIS plans. He made that River to curve and sway. No matter how much man tries to change this Earth,

GOD IS IN CONTROL
and He will give you a gut check and show you how BIG He is.

06/08/2020

Y’all please post or pm your videos with date, time and locations. I’m going to make a movie and send it to the county so they can see what we are already facing. Yes we got a lot of rain but when you dam up the natural progression of the tributaries and creeks and add THOUSANDS of TONS of dirt in swamps this is what we are all going To face. It will only get worse the more they add dirt in wetlands and swamps.
#saveourwetlands

06/07/2020

Please share!

Anyone know the guy that took the amazing video of Black creek flooding?

Anyone with a good drone willing to help us out and take a video of the flooding that’s happening in Maxville and Clay Hill right now!

We need to show the developers, SJRWD, Jacksonville City Council and attorneys!!

06/07/2020

Please document all flooding even if you think it does not matter. After they fill in 2000 acres of wetlands this is what happens and if these developers are not stopped it will only get worse.

Thank youMr. Mark EvansSenior project managerArmy Corps of Engineers
06/06/2020

Thank you
Mr. Mark Evans
Senior project manager
Army Corps of Engineers

BCC meeting(Tuesday) June 9th @ 4:00 pmAdministrative building Green Cove Springs 32043Voice your concerns
06/05/2020

BCC meeting
(Tuesday) June 9th @ 4:00 pm
Administrative building Green Cove Springs 32043
Voice your concerns

MyFWC Florida Fish and Wildlife
06/02/2020

MyFWC Florida Fish and Wildlife

Report Wild Turkey Sightings!
Please report all wild turkeys you see in this state from June 1 – Aug. 31. We’re interested in sightings of hens with and without poults (young wild turkeys) and male birds (jakes and gobblers) from all regions of the state, including rural and developed areas. When reporting numbers of poults, be sure to look carefully because young birds may be difficult to see in tall grass or brush! Our biologists conduct this survey each year to learn more about annual nesting success, brood survival, and distribution and abundance of wild turkeys. Get started reporting! https://bit.ly/2U3xReb

More info: https://bit.ly/2XQpIuM

Top photo courtesy of Glenn Whittington

UPDATE: Express your opposition to opening rural lands for development now!
06/01/2020
UPDATE: Express your opposition to opening rural lands for development now!

UPDATE: Express your opposition to opening rural lands for development now!

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Registration Number CH124. A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Division of Consumer Services by calling toll free 1-800-HELP-FLA (435-7352) within the state or by visiting their website at www....

What do all of these beautiful creatures have in common. The land that was previously owned by the Girl Scouts and now i...
05/28/2020

What do all of these beautiful creatures have in common. The land that was previously owned by the Girl Scouts and now in the hands of a developer.

This is a great read from 1980 when some of the older citizens were still alive to tell their stories of Middleburg.
05/28/2020

This is a great read from 1980 when some of the older citizens were still alive to tell their stories of Middleburg.

05/28/2020

My kind of music!

Black Creek gets its name from the water colorization, caused by the presence of tannin the decaying leaves and vegetati...
05/27/2020

Black Creek gets its name from the water colorization, caused by the presence of tannin the decaying leaves and vegetation. Black Creek is considered one of the cleanest creeks in the state of Florida. In shallow water the creek appears to be red and in the deeper water the creek appears to be black. Thank you black creek for allowing my family to make memories (my handsome great grandson Layne was so proud to caught this fish)
#saveblackcreek share your memories

What went wrong:Girl Scout Camp was sold, Now Black Creek Will suffer
05/26/2020

What went wrong:

Girl Scout Camp was sold, Now Black Creek
Will suffer

These are the questions we need to ask: how can a developer come into our county and use a different set of rules: SJWMD...
05/22/2020

These are the questions we need to ask: how can a developer come into our county and use a different set of rules: SJWMD vs CLAY county. This is what money looks like 💰 clay commissioners turned them down, the developer goes another way. Loophole 😡

ARE YOU ANGRY YET: (Former Girl Scout Camp in Middleburg) Voice your concerns, call your clay county commissioners. Stop...
05/22/2020

ARE YOU ANGRY YET: (Former Girl Scout Camp in Middleburg)

Voice your concerns, call your clay county commissioners. Stop this developer now.

Please reach out to your Local Reps to STOP what is going on at the old Girl Scout camp off of Lazy Acre on the banks of...
05/21/2020

Please reach out to your Local Reps to STOP what is going on at the old Girl Scout camp off of Lazy Acre on the banks of N Fork Black Creek. Mike Cello county commissioner answers questions for those of you that does not believe this is coming, do what he says-call, email, write, show up- my advice raise hell! It takes a village, do not let your neighbors have y to takes of the the responsibility for the out come of where we live and how we want to live.

You can make a difference. Tell your mama daddy cousin friend baby mama ex baby daddy. #saveblackcreek #youcantdrinkmoneyhoney

Girl Scout Camp in Middleburg off of Lazy Acre has been sold to Ancient City Land Management aka North Fork Land Holding...
05/19/2020

Girl Scout Camp in Middleburg off of Lazy Acre has been sold to Ancient City Land Management aka North Fork Land Holdings LLC. Even though if you will remember the proposal made by the developers to the county was said to have been rejected by all of the county commissioners. Neighbors are saying dump trucks and other large equipment is coming in all day and night!

Their plan is to dig a huge barrow pit, sell the dirt, which has JEA Toxic Ash all mixed in it to the County for the First Coast Expressway.

After they have made their money on destroying the land and further exposing all of us to the harmful JEA Toxic Ash then the plan is another huge housing development on the banks of Black Creek, land that is in desperate need of preserving.

#saveblackcreek #keepflwild #preservationovermoney
#cantdrinkmoneyhoney #lifeovergreed #blackcreekcrayfish #gopherturtles #saveFLnativeplants #savethePanthers

100% Facts!
05/18/2020

100% Facts!

Want to save Panthers in Florida?

This picture is worth a thousand words and was sent to us by someone other than the person who took it. Typically we would work to make contact with that person but we weren’t able to. The picture of a swamp lion was taken in a Bonita Springs backyard by a recent transplant to Florida, living in a new development, with new roads, golf courses and stores built nearby to support what is likely their retirement home. A development which until a year ago didn’t exist and was natural habitat and ag fields, likely part of someone’s hunting lease that supported a diversity of wildlife. Six months or a year ago, this puma would have been looking for a meal here now it’s in a subdivision where human conflict is inevitable.

There seems to be a very discernible line between the different sides of the panther conservation conversation. When we post pictures of dead cougars there are those people that are seemingly content at the loss of another cat. By clicking on their pages we often find they are deeply immersed in natural Florida, were born and raised here and are often sportsmen or spend considerable amounts of time in the outdoors. On the other side of the line are people that become upset and suggest that the puma was killed on purpose, or that we are evil panther haters. Usually supported by comments that the cat is so beautiful, we must protect them all, or “this breaks my heart”. More often than not, when we click on their pages we find that they’re usually visitors to Florida, spend little time in natural Florida, or have recently moved here from northeast or midwestern states. Many don’t live in Florida at all but follow along because, let’s face it, we have the best content related to panthers on social media or just about anywhere for that matter.

This line that divides society is evident in every post we make. Whether it’s pictures of cougars eating domestic livestock, two cats fighting, or a puma walking through the woods. The comments that seem to be most consistent over the years imply people are at fault. Comments like, people are moving into their habitat, people are purposely hitting them with cars, people should lock up their livestock, we must protect panthers from people.

Everyone wants to move here (1,000 people a day) but nobody wants to take responsibility for the consequences of being here. Most people seem interested in conserving Floridas’ natural wonders and the cats they call “Florida panthers”, only after they have their slice of the pie. Beyond signing petitions and sending donations to a myriad of “environmental groups” with their hands out, few people seem to understand what conservation means. Unfortunately most of those donations go to paying salaries or administrative expenses and very little of it directly conserves anything. If you truly want to contribute to the conservation of wildlife in Florida, buy a hunting license. Hunting license sales have been one of the greatest contributions to conservation over the last hundred years. You don’t have to actually hunt and all license sale funds are matched by the federal government under the Pittman-Robertson act and are given back to the state to directly fund conservation efforts. A $100 hunting license invests $200 into conservation efforts, a twofer if you will. https://myfwc.com/license/recreational/hunting/

For those of you that fit into that category of 1,000 people a day that have been moving here for the last decade or two, it is your desire to have new homes, malls and golf courses that is driving the destruction of panthers and their natural world. Next time you pull in to your new construction seasonal home in a gated community, with your out of state license plate and Sierra Club sticker on the rear window, consider your existence is what’s killing panthers and their habitat. It’s not the people rejoicing at the loss of a panther on a new roadway built to shuffle snowbirds from their seasonal retirement investment homes to their next daily entertainment activity.

📷 Cheri Minor

05/12/2020

If you would like/need for the internet problem in Clay Hill and Maxville to be straightened out please comment below.🖥

Please tell your story, especially if you have children that are affected by not having access to the internet for their school work, so it can be passed on to the right person.

Thank you,
CC

Maxville School Any names would be greatly appreciated.Some of the people that are in here are Lucille Bell, Ben Higginb...
05/09/2020

Maxville School

Any names would be greatly appreciated.

Some of the people that are in here are Lucille Bell, Ben Higginbotham, Dorothy Harris Higginbotham, Leon Harris, Grace Harris Padgett,

Maxville School1947-1948Adding names would be greatly appreciated.
05/09/2020

Maxville School

1947-1948

Adding names would be greatly appreciated.

One of three Maxville Schools
05/09/2020

One of three Maxville Schools

Maxville SchoolIf you have any names please let me know.Ben and Rudy Higginbotham, Mary Coleman, Big Mo, Eloise Slade,
05/09/2020

Maxville School

If you have any names please let me know.

Ben and Rudy Higginbotham, Mary Coleman, Big Mo, Eloise Slade,

My great aunt Dora Wellhausen North has been inspiration to me since I was a young girl. She kept history alive in Maxvi...
04/25/2020

My great aunt Dora Wellhausen North has been inspiration to me since I was a young girl. She kept history alive in Maxville and Clay Hill. Way before the internet she would visit Cemeteries and libraries all over our area and other places to research family history that can still be seen today on sites such as Ancestry. She was a wealth of knowledge and I will forever be grateful for her for passing down the love of ancestry and history to me.

Moonshine Monday 🌚🌚Clay CountyDuval County
04/20/2020

Moonshine Monday 🌚🌚

Clay County
Duval County

These are branches, creeks and tributaries to Black Creek. If you look through and see names that look familiar that’s b...
04/20/2020

These are branches, creeks and tributaries to Black Creek. If you look through and see names that look familiar that’s because most of them start in Maxville and Clay Hill where they want to develop. Most of these branches have already been destroyed damed up from DuPont, now Chemours, Cecil Field, Trail Ridge Land fill, Camp Blanding, Eagle LNG and Oakleaf.

Take a look at Google Earth and you’ll see what I’m talking about. These landowners and developers completely filled in Camp Branch and rerouted Moore Branch. If they get what they are proposing and get the land use changed from Agricultural to Rural Residential there is no promises that they won’t come back and change it to LDR which is 7 houses per acre. Changing it now will make it way easier the next go around.
Please make your voices heard.

North Florida Land Trust
04/18/2020
North Florida Land Trust

North Florida Land Trust

GREAT NEWS! North Florida Land Trust (NFLT) and its conservation initiative for the Ocala to Osceola, or O2O, Wildlife Corridor has been AWARDED MORE THAN $9.4 MILLION by the United States Department of Agriculture National Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) through its Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP).

https://www.nflt.org/north-florida-land-trusts-o2o-partnership-has-been-chosen-for-over-9-million-in-federal-funding/

Please email the Duval County Commissioners on why you are against the land change from Agricultural to RR They will vot...
04/16/2020

Please email the Duval County Commissioners on why you are against the land change from Agricultural to RR
They will vote on this in May! L-5441-20A

Please share and get the word out!Maxville, Clay Hill, Middleburg, Black Creek residents please pay attention to what is...
04/16/2020

Please share and get the word out!
Maxville, Clay Hill, Middleburg, Black Creek residents please pay attention to what is going on all around you.

PLEASE COMMENT BELOW YOUR CONCERNS ON HOW THIS WILL AFFECT YOU, your family, neighbors wildlife wetlands etc.

Constructive criticism only please I’d like to be able to share your concerns with the Duval County Commissioners.

There are newly proposed developments going on all around us.
During a pandemic the landowners of the 1,915 acres in Maxville are trying to push through their changes to the land usage. Instead of the LDR they are proposing the change from Agricultural to Rural Residential.

Please read the reports and do your homework. They are saying this will not disrupt wildlife! If you have pictures of wildlife near this proposed land change please share your pictures. Gopher turtles, Black Creek crayfish, bear, panther and many more important species that are under attack call this land home.
Now we need the proof!

Please call write fax text your county commissioners let them know how you feel.

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FYI Clay Hill, Florida is in the beginning stages of organizing their own Historical Society. Not sure yet, if it's going to be Clay Hill Historical Society or Historical Society of Clay Hill. The Clay Hill community is a treasure of historical sites, Cracker-style houses, artifacts and much more. Just a few of the images from that area can be seen by clicking on the link below. More information of this project will be shared when it available. Click on any "thumbnail" to the right to view the larger picture. Click on the larger image to cycle through them all. All pictures are free for downloading, printing out and to do with as you like, except sell.
9133 Monette Rd, 8 am June 7, 2020
Anybody know if the creeks on nolan are open yet??
Anyone have a public lake with some bad fishing out here in or around clay hill where someone can get a line wet?
Has anyone seen our family dog? We think someone picked her up?
Old Longbranch Church, Maxville
Three sisters and a brother: William Padgett, Florence Padgett Van Buren, Delia Padgett Altman, and Vinie Padgett King Prescott. At Longbranch Homecoming 1944-45. Old church building in background.
Emma O'Steen with "Little Jack" and her son, Leonard.
Emma Padgett O'Steen with grandson, Jack O'Steen, and friend. Maxville
Christy Carter I am so sorry you are having a bad time loosing your papa Ben and now to see this breaks my heart , I thought of u right away , cause these places are so special to u, and I thank god we all have u to make these places so special to us that lived here all our lives, without u we wouldn’t know all the history that these little tiny buildings hold and all the pictures and stories and MEMORIES that u have made possible for us , u have researched for hours and days and drove miles and miles , and I thank u so much ❤️ I love u and thank god for you ❤️ (although U are my niece😜). Prayers for u and your family ❤️🙏
Me and family. Daughter on right and granddaughters on left. ❤️🥰