A truly significant aspect of this property is the fact that it has over three miles of frontage on the Apalachicola River- the longest and largest river in the southeastern United States. Tracts of land as large as Whiskey River Plantation with such extensive frontage along the Apalachicola River are a rare find. Even more of a bonus is the improved internal road built to the Apalachicola River that provides extensive access. Whiskey River Plantation neighbors the Apalachicola National Forest- the largest forest in Florida. Due to that, the plantation was previously designated as an essential parcel remaining for acquisition by the state of Florida for the Apalachicola River critical natural lands project.
There are approximately 190 acres of fenced pasture that is currently being grazed by cattle. Merchantable pine plantations cover 130 acres with the majority of the balance in natural hardwood which feature an extensive network of trails. An 8-acre lake known as Brickyard Lake is situated on the plantation as well.
The most interesting feature of Whiskey River Plantation is actually its namesake. It was named after the Steamer Alice, her cargo, and her untimely demise. In 1864, the Steamer Alice was bound for Columbus from Cincinnati under the charge of Captain Wingate and was carrying a reported 15,000 gallons of whiskey. On October 25, 1864 at six o'clock in the morning, The Alice struck a projection from the bank, careened, and sunk in only 15 feet of water in less than 15 minutes. Captain Wingate became caught between the freight, sank with his ship, and, though efforts were made, was never recovered. He was only 50 years old and left behind eight children. Three others lost their lives that day as well, two deck hands and one watchman. There was only one known survivor- a man by the name of Richard Wools who was first clerk. At the first alarm of trouble, Mr. Wools robbed the boat's safe of $7,000, jumped into the river, and was rescued. Only a few hours after The Alice sank, attempts to raise her and retrieve the body of Captain Wingate and the whiskey failed when a chain that had lifted her almost completely snapped and sent her back to her watery grave.
At the time of her sinking, The Alice- a 156-foot steamer- is said to have cost $32,000 and her some 15,000 gallons of whiskey worth about $3,000. Approximately 73 years later in 1937, Frank P Blair-a salvage operator- began his task of unearthing the undisturbed Alice and her liquid treasure. He and his team located the ship's wreckage using a magnetometer. The Alice was buried under 24 feet of mud and 6 feet of water. Plans to extricate any remains were to begin by creating a coffer dam around the wreckage site and then drain the water and mud from on top of The Alice, exposing her to the sunlight once again. The shipwreck supposedly ended up in what is now Brickyard Lake- an 8-acre lake solely on Whiskey River Plantation. At that time, in 1937, her whiskey was worth over $300,000.