Other Ghosts of Bellamy Bridge
Bellamy Bridge's Three "Other" Ghosts
Moonshiners, Murderers & Lights in the Night
Local legend holds that Elizabeth Jane Bellamy is not the only
ghost associated with Bellamy Bridge. Believers say there are
three more restless spirits roaming the woods around the
Residents living along Bellamy Bridge Road, which once led to
the bridge, have long told the story of a ghostly wagon that
passes by late in the night. It is said to be pulled by a mule and
driven by a driver who rides slowly to and from the bridge. On
the way there, he has a head. On the way back, he does not.
The legend seems to perpetuate the memory of an incident that
happened in the vicinity during the early 1900s. A father who
was involved in a bitter domestic dispute with his wife brought
his young daughter down Bellamy Bridge Road to the Chipola
River and decapitated her with an ax. He then used the blade of
the same weapon to cut his own throat and commit suicide.
Occasionally, strange lights can be seen and photographed in
pairs around Bellamy Bridge. Some believe these are the
ghosts of the man and his unfortunate daughter. Others say
that his wagon can be heard and sometimes even seen as it
slowly creaks its way up and down the old road.
The other ghost story associated with Bellamy Bridge
originates with the 1914 murder there of Sylvester Hart. A
moonshiner, Hart was embroiled in an argument with two other
moonshiners about some missing liquor when his own cousin
allegedly shot him in the back of the head with a pistol. His
body fell over into a campfire and was found the next day by the
According to legend, Sylvester's ghost lingers in the Bellamy
Bridge vicinity and accounts for some of the mysterious lights
and other phenomenon reported there.
To learn more about these stories, as well as the ghost story
involving Elizabeth Bellamy, please purchase The Ghost of
Bellamy Bridge. Proceeds benefit the Bellamy Bridge Heritage
Trail. It can be purchased in both print and Kindle formats by
following these links:
Florida's Most Famous Ghost Story
The legend of the Ghost of Bellamy Bridge
is perhaps Florida's most famous ghost
story. The ghost of a young woman named
Elizabeth Jane Bellamy has been seen in
the bridge vicinity for more than 120 years.
Click Here to Read the Story!
Jackson County Spanish Heritage Trail
The site of Bellamy Bridge has been used
as a place for crossing the Chipola River for
hundreds of years. Spanish documents
indicate that the expedition of Marcos
Delgado crossed the river here in 1686.
Read about Marcos Delgado at Bellamy!
Battle of the Upper Chipola
An important battle of the First Seminole
War was fought near the Bellamy Bridge
Heritage Trail in March 1818. U.S. Creek
troops, led by Brig. Gen. William McIntosh,
attacked the Red Ground chief here.
Read about the Forgotten Battle.
History of Bellamy Bridge
The historic steel-frame bridge turns 100
years old in 1914 and stands on the site of
earlier wooden bridges that date back to
1851. The history of the bridge itself
provides a unique look back through time.
Read the History of Bellamy Bridge
Bellamy Bridge Heritage Trail
Learn more about the new Bellamy Bridge
Heritage Trail, print out the self-guided tour
brochure and take a look at photographs
and video of this great new Florida heritage
Bellamy Bridge Heritage Trail Info