Seminole County Folk History

Our area's cultural history was once handed down generation by generation, by word of mouth.  However, as time goes on these stories become distorted and lose a lot of the original mystic they once had.  In order to preserve this valuable history, it's left to the dedicated historian to collect and catalog these past events, in their most accurate content.  Darrel Bell, former FLGenWeb State Coordinator  and former Seminole County Coordinator had the honor of being acquainted  with such an individual, this being Mr. Charlie Carlson. Mr. Carlson is an advocate of preserving the culture of the "Real Florida Cracker" through the stories of his family

He has indeed created an illustrious history of this county utilizing his family's history.  The talents of this Seminole County Historian and Author is without doubt, no less than amazing.  Preserving Seminole County's local history in its most accurate format, is dependent of having excellent records to use.  Mr. Carlson has those records at his fingertips from the journals that were compiled by his mother, Gladys E. Hawkins-Carlson.

"Gladys Elizabeth Hawkins-Carlson, 1917-1996", considered it an honor to be called a "Real Florida Cracker".  She lived her entire life in the area of Lake Monroe, Florida and kept an extensive record of her life in Seminole County.  She was a story-teller of Florida Folklore and chronicler of Florida folk-life.  In 1979 she provided the narrative for a series of  Florida  stories on cassette for children.  She had traveled to half of the United States, and had visited several European countries.  She is best remembered by close associates, as a notorious collector of salt and pepper shakers; who had accumulated a huge collection of shakers from all over the world."

Having been given permission to use some of these works by Mr. Carlson, We hope to give an insight of Gladys E. Hawkins-Carlson's description of the vanishing Folklore of the real Florida.