Butch recommends the following items to expand your collection of novels and resources on Florida history, life and folklore. This collection will continually be expanded, so check back often.
A Land Remembered
by Patrick D. Smith
Butch’s all-time favorite book! Also voted Florida’s Favorite Book for the 8th year in a row by readers of Florida Monthly Magazine
A Land Remembered is the undisputed “Bible” of Florida pioneer life. Many people say it should be required reading for all Floridians. It is very popular among people of all ages and used extensively in schools to teach about Florida history. Click here to learn more about A Land Remembered.
Size: 6 x 9,
404 Pages (Here’s a bit of trivia – the Butch Harrison DVD was produced by Patrick Smith’s son, Rick, a filmmaker living in California. Rick maintains this website.)
Patrick Smith’s Florida, A Sense of Place
DVD by Patrick D. Smith
Spend an hour with one of Florida’s favorite writers, Patrick D. Smith, as he takes you on a nostalgic journey to a Florida that exists today only in books, such as in his beloved novel, A Land Remembered.
You’ll get to know both the author and the state of Florida better as this soft spoken gentleman introduces you to the Florida of his youth. You’ll be touched by the true stories of his adventures along the way to writing his books, many of which are now modern-day classics.
This is a DVD the entire family will enjoy. It makes a wonderful gift for anyone who lives in or loves Florida.
“CRACKER – the last cowboys of Florida” is a movie depicting the life of the ranchers and cattlemen and women in the state of Florida – the second largest cattle ranching state in the USA.
Covering every aspect of their lives – from the prairies to the corrals to the rodeos and the small town parades, this movie explores a way of life that is rapidly disappearing, after 250 years of existance.
But more importantly, it reveals the danger in the loss of the Florida prairie to urban sprawl – the wholesale destruction of the wilderness and conversion to unfettered construction. Technology has allowed the rapid conversion of forest and ranchland to “martini ranches”; tiny one acre houses with no plan for sustenance and no regard for the future.
This movie, hopefully will help the public, the government and the developers themselves to see a better way – a sustainable future that we can leave to our children and posterity forever.
This multiple award-winning film is 75 minutes long.