SWEETWATER

NAME: Sweetwater
COUNTY: Hardee
ROADS: 2WD
GRID: 3
CLIMATE: hot in summer, moderate to cold otherwise
BEST TIME TO VISIT: anytime
COMMENTS: from US17 take Sweetwater Rd east, townsite is around the Crewsville Rd intersection. See the nearby ghost towns of Moffitt, Buchanan, and Popash.
REMAINS: cemetery, scattered houses and farms
Sweetwater began in the late 1800ís as a farming and cattle area. The town received a post office in 1893 and grew to include a one-room schoolhouse and a large turpentine mill with its own commissary. Most residents made their living from the mill or thru hunting, tending crops, and possibly moonshine. The post office closed in 1914 and the population has steadily declined, especially since the 1950ís. The Sweetwater Church of Christ, long considered the center of town, was disbanded in the early 1970ís and demolished. Today Sweetwater is mostly cattle pastures and orange groves. Submitted by: Jim Pike


Site of Sweetwater Church of Christ
Courtesy Jim Pike


Mercer Cemetery in Sweetwater
Courtesy Jim Pike


Sweetwater Townsite
Courtesy Jim Pike

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