lostmans heritage cover john redmanAfter almost 35 years of research, I have finally realized my dream of publishing a book about my family, Florida Everglades pioneers, Lostmans Heritage.

The book’s research begins in Springfield (Savannah) Georgia, talks about the homesteaders of pre-Civil War central Florida (Newnansville, Williston, Micanopy) and Arcadia/Pine Level, and finally the Everglades and Key West.

I follow my ancestor, Richard Hamilton (one of the key characters in Peter Matthiessen’s novel, Killing Mr. Watson) and his sons to the ending of an era when the National Park Service evicted the residents, the pioneers, of the Everglades. Along the way I uncover secrets and stories, polygamy, bootlegging, fist fights, murders, gangsters, killers, and tales of tomahawks and missing schoolteachers.

You can order autographed copies at Yesterday Press

or you can order from Amazon