|Floyd's Neck: Bellevue
4. Floyd's Cut, Satilla River.|
created this simple drawing based on information from Camden's Challenge
as well as from my own memory. The front walls of the round room have
collapsed. Wood beams are bracing the sidewalls of the round room. The
spaces indicate doorways. Rubble from the collapsed walls litter the area
- of which the majority covers the ground in the round room (a.k.a. "game
room"). The numbers and lines indicate approximately the angle each
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Photo #s 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, & 7 were taken, and copyrighted, by
M Jean Manning 1999-2012. #4 was taken and copyrighted by Tara D. Fields
Description of Bellevue provided to me by Marguerite
Used here with permission of both
Marguerite Mathews and Sabra Noyes Goldsmith, both
FLOYD (From files of
Sabra Noyes Goldsmith, Panama City, FL)
This blue print, of "BELLEVUE" not Belleview was done, I believe, by
Hazlehurst Ross Noyes,
third son of Aunt Jule (Mrs. Julia Floyd Noyes, wife of
Edward Prescott Noyes of Ceylon on the Satilla River). The sketch was prepared by
Aunt Jule from measurements taken on the home site of her grandparents where she was borne and spent her girlhood.
1. Side to rear.
A great grand son of Gen. John
Floyd, James Boog Floyd says; Quote: "Her description of the
flower garden and some parts of the house are very correct, however the last part about the little child are incorrect. The reference to the little child is
Charles Rinaldo Floyd. Bellevue was built by Gen. John Floyd father of
C.R. Floyd while Charles R. was at West Point (1810-1820).
Charles R. wrote his father Gen. John Floyd and reprimanded him for not building a pretentious fortification.
Gen. Charles R. Floyd's army career he retired to Fairfield about a mile east of Bellevue. He & his father took part in the military affairs of Florida and Georgia.
Gen. C.R. Floyd is credited with running the Indians out of Okeefee nokee (sic) Swamp. He entered the swamp
and the Indians had fled, he built a wooden fort in the swamp on an Island. This Island is now called Floyd's Island.
Gen. C.R. Floyd requested that at his death he be buried under the large pine tree in his back yard at Fairfield. He rests there now."
ROSE GARDEN, as described by Jule Floyd Noyes (Mrs. E.P.):
Crescent in shape following the lines of the terrace, this little old
garden, in close view from the many windows of the reception and billiard
rooms, and wending far back from them, has been deserted now for many
years, but still each year under a great tree, the snow-drops still bloom
in great masses and hyacinths, both blue & white throw far their fragrance
like an incense through the deserted halls.
Whiperwills (sic) sound their plaintive notes by night, and the mocking-birds by day audition
their beautiful songs. In years gone by there were many roses in this garden and a stately lady with basket and scissors gathered them and with dainty fingers plucked their beautiful petals which were then distilled into Attar of Roses. When this garden was started a schooner loaded with tropical plants from Nassau. New Providence arrived. From it ran avenues of orange, lemon and lime trees, and borders of English Myrtle and other rare shrubs. In one of
the tubs a little baby's bare feet were placed with the remark...
..."His First Impression On English Soil". This little child grew up to be a general and before then
was sent from West Point with a company of Cadets to welcome to America that grand old General, the
Marquis DeLafayette, on his second visit to the U.S. in 1825. At this end of this garden there grew a tall pine tree, like a sentinel on guard and when this boy grew to manhood he loved to look at this pine and said "some day I wish to be laid to rest under it". And he was. (Note: an error because
Gen. Charles Rinaldo Floyd was buried under the pine tree at
Fairfield Not BELLEVUE.) Wrapped in his Country's Flag, he was laid there with all honors possible done to his memory. After then a new pathway was made in the garden, leading to the pine. It had a wide border of violets and white hyacinths, which were kept blooming as long as the stately lady lived. The sentinel pine is now gone and the stately lady has long slept under grand old oaks with their branches of grey always waving. No one is near, but the whipperwills (sic) still calls at night and the mocking birds still sing.
3. Anchor thru collapsed wall.
*Description of Bellevue - written by Jule Floyd Noyes - original note is in possession of her granddaughter,
Sabra Noyes Goldsmith. Copy in the Bryan-Lang Historical Library, Woodbine, GA.
6. Anchor - side.|
7.Anchor to rear.|
Blueprint of Bellevue Plantation House - Camden Co., GA
Drawn by Hazlehurst Ross Noyes (son of Jule Floyd
Noyes & Edward P. Noyes).
Original in possession of
Sabra Noyes Goldsmith, Panama City, FL.
Copy in Bryan-Lang Historical Library, Woodbine, GA