History of the Shell Point Area

Shell Point aerial view looking NE, in 1979, from http://www.littletownmart.com/fdh/shell-point.htm
Shell Point aerial view looking NE, in 1979, from http://www.littletownmart.com/fdh/shell-point.htm

Geological evidence tells us that during the Stone Age, Shell Point was well inland and dry. About 4,000 years ago, Shell Point was now on the waterfront due to Ice Age changes, and archaeological evidence tells of inhabitants' preferences for oysters, whelks and cooking in clay pots. Ancient shell middens, potsherds and arrowheads depict the variety of cultures that spent time in the area, and the roads and even the natural channels give hints as to the physical history. The Apalachee people were still in residence in the region when Spanish explorers arrived in the 1500s. The English and French followed, and flags of the Civil War South and the United States were yet to come. The colorful history of the region can be read about in numerous books and websites – a delightful 1993 version can be read here: http://www.littletownmart.com/fdh/shell-point.htm. The Florida History Museum presents a vivid view of the beginnings of Florida's recorded past, including a mastodon skeleton found in Wakulla Springs dating to paleo times. The museum is located in downtown Tallahassee near the Capitol.

Shell Point aerial view looking NW, in 2007, courtesy Mark Wallheiser
Shell Point aerial view looking NW, in 2007, courtesy Mark Wallheiser.

Paradise Village is located in the Shell Point community in the south central part of Wakulla County, a part of the Florida region called the Big Bend. With the advent of the mobile home in the 1970s, a waterfront community was built with 113 lots with seawalls and docks. Deeded to be only mobile homes, the community includes original homes and new state-of-the-art structures.

The community can be seen in these vintage photographs of Shell Point, within the three parallel canals past the basin.