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Pine Hill Plantation Papers

Identifier: MSS 0-204

Scope and Contents

Includes materials on the American Civil War, the Bradford-Eppes family including Susan Bradford Eppes and Dr. Edward Bradford, plantation life, land and mortgages, banking, tomb inscriptions from the cemetery in Pine Hill, Florida, sheet music for "Twenty Years Ago" by J. E. McCullune, pamphlets from Orlando and Jacksonville, Florida, as well as genealogical data on the Eppes-Bradford family. Photographs include members of the Bradford-Eppes family, John Wilkes Booth, Louise Covington, and a United States Coast Guard Signal Service Station in Palm Beach, Florida. Includes manuscripts for the books Negro of the Old South and Through Some Eventful Years, both by Susan Bradford Eppes.

Also includes correspondence between N.W. Eppes and A.A. Murphree regarding normal school examinations, Box 3, Folder 3.

Contains MSS 0-205, MSS 0-206, MSS 91-11.

Online Copies Available

Select materials from the Pine Hill Plantation Papers have been digitized and are available through the FSU Digital Library.


  • created: 1832-1926
  • Other: Date acquired: 07/31/1965

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to all researchers.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to quote, publish, broadcast or otherwise reproduce from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Associate Dean for Special Collections & Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Florida State University Libraries as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

Biographical or Historical Information

Susan Branch Bradford Eppes and her husband, Nicholas Ware Eppes owned and operated Pine Hill Plantation. Mrs. Eppes was born at Pine Hill Plantation, Leon County, March 8, 1848 and died July 2, 1942, in Tallahassee. Mr. Eppes, was born November 1,1843 in Tallahassee. Mrs. Eppes was a well-known historian and author. Mr. Eppes was a Confederate Veteran, planter, and Leon County's Commissioner of Public Instruction.

Mrs. Eppes started her studies in the school at Pine Hill Plantation, maintained for the children of the four Bradford brothers, whose plantations were adjacent. She began keeping a diary when eight years old, and records of events of the years furnished much of the material for her book, Through Same Eventful Years. Later she wrote The Negro of the Old South, and published a book of poems.

Mrs. Eppes was a member of the Swedenborgian Church; member of Anna Jackson Chapter and Honorary State President of the Florida Division, United Daughters of the Confederacy; the Southern Women's Memorial Association; Caroline Brevard Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution; and honorary member of the Tallahassee Woman's Club.

Her husband, Nicholas Ware Eppes, was a great-grandson of Thomas Jefferson, attended military school at Tallahassee, and was Captain of the Cadets at the West Florida Seminary. He enlisted in the Confederate Army and served the entire four years of the Civil War. Later he was identified with the educational work of Florida and was Superintendent of Schools for a number of years. He had just been re-elected to another four-year term when he was murdered near Pine Hill Plantation on September 3, 1904.

They were married on November 1, 1866. Their children were: Edward Bradford, Susan Ware, Francis, Martha Branch, Elizabeth Cleland, and Allice Bradford Eppes.


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Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Joseph J. Jones Jr.

Method of Acquisition

Subsequent additions were received October 27, 1965 (MSS 0-205) and May 7, 1966 (MSS 0-206).

Existence and Location of Originals

Microfilm copies of the Pine Hill Plantation Papers are available in the Strozier Library Micromaterials Collection (FILM 9634, Reels 1-3).

Related Materials

Susan Bradford Eppes Papers, Special Collections & Archives, Florida State University Libraries, Tallahassee, Florida.
Papers of the Eppes-Randolph Families, Accession #7109, Special Collections, University of Virginia Library, Charlottesville, Va.

Processing Information

Processed August 1965 (MSS 0-204), November 1965 (MSS 0-205), August 1967 (MSS 0-206) and June 1991 (MSS 91-11).

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