What sets Greenwood apart from the other townships in Jackson County are the tree-lined streets that give it the feel of a slow moving town. However, Greenwood, with a population of more than 700 people, has more to offer than the views of small-town Florida.
History and mystery reside in this little place where locals still gather at Pender’s General Store, in business since 1896. It’s the kind of place that needs no sign. Everyone knows where it is. It sells just about everything, so it stays busy. One resident said the store has tobacco stamps on its door dating back to 1872.
“Anybody that is interested in old things, it is worth a visit to Pender’s Store,” the resident said.
Beyond Pender’s General Store is the largest concentration of antebellum homes in Florida. Five of those exist in Greenwood while seven are in Marianna. Many experts call the homes the best collection of antebellum homes in the country.
“In my view, the primary interest for tourists in Jackson County is its historic significance,” said the president of the local historical trust.
Many of these homes were rundown in the recent past, but private residents and some public entities have decided to restore the homes to their original splendor. One of these homes is Great Oaks, or Bryan Mansion. Restored in 1961, the house earned its name for a row of oak trees that lined the street in front of it. The two-story Greek revival home was built in the mid-1800s, and was used as a schoolhouse twice when the school burned down. When the current owners restored the historic home, they decided to leave the old smokehouse behind the home in its original condition.
“We left it like that so we always remember what this house looks like,” the owner said.
To the east of Greenwood sits the tiny, crossroads town of Two Egg. Salesmen gave Two Egg its name because they observed locals coming to the general store looking to barter two eggs for tobacco and other goods, or so the story goes. When people asked them where they were headed, they replied, “I’m going to Two Egg.”