Floyd's Neck: Bellevue
(unincorporated county)

Floyd's Cut, Satilla River4. Floyd's Cut, Satilla River.

 

Bellevue PlanI 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 picture was taken from.  Please use your browser's "Back Button" to return to this page after viewing a thumbnail.

Bellevue Anchor House

5. Anchor.

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 1999-2012.

Description of Bellevue provided to me by Marguerite Mathews.

Used here with permission of both Marguerite Mathews and Sabra Noyes Goldsmith, both Floyd descendants.

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.

 

Bellevue Anchor House

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.

 

Bellevue Anchor HouseAfter 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.

J.F.N.

Bellevue Anchor House

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.

Bellevue Anchor House6. Anchor - side.

Bellevue Anchor House7.Anchor to rear.


Bellevue Blueprint.

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

 

 

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