Lynn Haven, Florida offers two historic attractions that allow visitors and locals to experience more about the town they are in. with a rich history like Lynn Haven’s, it’s worth seeing some of the historical attractions in the area that made the city what it is.
The Bailey Bridge is a popular spot for visitors to check out because it was the bridge that crossed North Bay to get to Southport and Monument Park contains the statue dedicated to the Union soldiers of the Civil War. Here is a look at these two popular historical attractions in the city.
The Bailey Bridge was built by the city of Lynn Haven as a wooden pier that later was remodeled as a wooden bridge. It crossed the North Bay being used to travel from Lynn Haven to Southport. Then in 1946 the D.J. Bailey Bridge was built to replace the old wooden bridge. By 1999, the bridge was replaced with a 4 lane bridge but the Old Bridge is still there right next to the new bridge. The old bridge is used as a walking area and is commonly used for fishing by locals now.
The Monument Park can be found at West 8th Street and Georgia Avenue. When Union veterans founded Lynn Haven, W.H. Lynn was the editor of the G.A.R. National Tribune and the driving force in promoting the town. Lynn’s company donated several lots to the Ladies Auxiliary of the G.A.R. between 8th and 9th streets at Georgia Avenue. Once that took place, a hall was erected that was meant to be a memorial to Union veterans.
After the hall burnt down, members donated some of their pensions to the memorial work that continued. By 1920 enough money was raised to start construction and a statue was created of a Union soldier holding a musket. They placed him on a pedestal forty feet above ground facing north and a dedication ceremony took place that same year in which plaques were placed to honor the soldiers.
It’s the only status in the south of the Mason-Dixon Line honoring a Union soldier and in 1859, it was rededicated to the honor of all U.S. veterans who have died in battle.
Check out these two historical spots in Lynn Haven to discover a piece of history.