Florida: A History in Pictures

Mike McGinness and Jeff Davies
ISBN: 978-1-77276-172-6

With more than 130 photographs ― many of them seen for the first time ― Florida: A History in Pictures offers a stunning portrait of this one-of-a-kind state.

From the stone forts at St. Augustine, the oldest continuously inhabited city in the United States, to the Everglades or “The Big Swamp” as it was called at the beginning of the 20th century to Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales, the Fort Myers Beach arches and Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse, it is all here! Historic Florida offers us a window into the past and you can almost feel the warmth on your face and taste the oranges fresh from the grove.

Mike McGinness and Jeff Davies have put together the definitive photographic account of the Sunshine State.





There’s a Florida behind the billboards, and it goes back farther than the rest of modern America. Much of that history was captured in photos that many people likely haven’t seen. That world comes alive In Florida: A History in Pictures. This book is a keeper.

—   Eliot Kleinberg, author of Weird Florida, Black Cloud and the novel, Peace River


Mike McGinness and Jeff Davies have put together a marvelous and completely unique Florida history pictorial, with a wonderful range of images covering much of the history of the Sunshine State. This book will prove to be not just an enjoyable tome but an excellent learning opportunity for any person interested in the people and places that have contributed to Florida’s growth and development.

—   Seth H. Bramson, Adjunct Professor of History and Historian in Residence, Barry University and Company Historian of the Florida East Coast Railway