WKRG 5, Drexel on the Road Takes a Trip with Blackwater Bay Tours!
Today, we had the pleasure of taking a river cruise with WKRG-5’s Drexel Gilbert as part of his series “Drexel on the Road.”
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“Here on the Gulf Coast, the beaches are the centerpiece for fun and recreation. But the area is rich with other waterways, like bays and rivers. The Blackwater River in Northwest Florida is one of those waterways. It’s a place where time, nature, and history come together.
“When you come on this river, it’s like everything is behind you,” says Ken Ponsell, owner of Blackwater Bay Tours.
A recent cruise up the Blackwater River in Santa Rosa County, Florida proved to be a cruise back in time and back into history when life, and the economy, all but revolved around the river.
“This was a really huge waterway. They floated all the logs down from the Blackwater Forest, all the way down to the Bagdad sawmill,” says Ponsell. “There were a lot of brick mills along here, too, because you need the water to help make bricks. They had barges and sailing vessels.”