Johnny bullard

Johnny Bullard is a native of White Springs. His family has lived in the area for seven generations. Growing up in a family of great storytellers, Johnny loved hearing family stories told as folks rocked on front porches, as well as those whispered on screened porches and around dinner tables. A graduate of Valdosta State University, Valdosta, Georgia, where he received four college degrees including a B.A. in English, Johnny has spent his life as an educator, public servant, singer/songwriter, and writer/journalist. He writes a weekly column for the "Jasper News" and the "Suwannee Democrat" entitled "Around the Banks of the Suwannee." Johnny has written several articles for journals and magazines including "Forum", the Florida Humanities Council publication. "Nightshade" is his first published novel. Johnny lives on family property at the Eight Mile Still on the Woodpecker Route north of White Springs, Florida.

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Tracy woodard

A White Springs resident, Tracy Woodard is a  published author who recounts the heritage and history of this small town gem in her authentic account,  "The Documented History of White Springs."


Contact Tracy at

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Available for purchase in the Stephen Foster Gift Shop

Lillian Smith

Author Lillian Smith’s bestselling novel “Strange Fruit” was released in 1944. Dealing with the theme of interracial romance, it’s no surprise that the book was controversial and even banned at the time. Lillian Smith is featured on the Southern Literacy Trail, a movement to connect southern the southern states of- Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi- that inspired American writers to create classic works. 

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David michael


David Michael McNelis spent part of his teen years in White Springs, an ordinary small town, but his life was anything but ordinary.

In his memoir, McNelis recounts life and exraordinary adventures with his free-spirited mother wrapped up in an international marijuana smuggling ring. 

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Walter and Merry McKenzie have been involved with the White Springs, and Florida Folk communities for 50 years. They founded the White Springs Folk Club that has entertained thousands of people over the years at various locations in White Springs.

Walter writes a weekly column for The Jasper News about White Springs and the surrounding
area. If you don’t have Walter’s column on your weekly reading list, you are missing a treat.