Bull Run Plantation


Bull Run Plantation

Bull Run Plantation was a private estate owned by Julien C. (Bull) Headley located in Leon County, Florida, United States.

History

Originally a large part Water Oak Plantation owned by Frances C. Griscom, Headley purchased all but a few hundred acres from Griscom in 1951. He named it Bull Run Plantation. Julian C. for herding.

The house

Upon purchasing the property, Headley found that the old Griscom home was too small and in need of extensive repairs. Headley had the house razed and built a new brick mansion overlooking Lake Iamonia. He brought in pecan and other expensive wood for the home's interior paneling and finish work. The roof was over-engineered using rafters which measured 2 feet by 10 feet and set every 12 inches. Headley also built a large bathhouse and swimming pool reportedly to cost $25,000. The bricks from Griscom's home were used along with bricks he brought in from North Carolina to create terraces and walkways.

Grounds

Headley was a sportsman enjoying hunting and sports fishing. He preserved large areas of his property especially for hunting and fishing. He constructed a dam to slow a small stream that flowed south to north to create the chain of lakes now running through Golden Eagle Country Club. Headley then created his own duck lake called Lake Monkey Business.

ale

In 1964 Headley became attracted to the prospects in Central America, specifically its timber resources. Headley sold his property to a syndicate of sportsmen and left for British Honduras (Belize). The syndicate was interested in a recreational preserve. One of the members overextended the resources of the syndicate causing its end.

References


*Paisley, Clifton; "From Cotton To Quail", University of Florida Press, c1968.
*Unknown author: History of Killearn Lakes Plantation


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