Pennichaw, Florida facts
|Elevation||16 ft (5 m)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|enter ZIP code||32764|
|GNIS feature ID||294885|
Pennichaw was one of several small settlements along the Enterprise Branch (E-Branch) of the Atlantic Coast, St. Johns & Indian River Railway, which later became the Florida East Coast Railway. The railroad line was built between 1883 and 1885, connecting Enterprise and Titusville. The name Pennichaw comes from a Seminole word meaning "turkey gobbler". At its peak, Pennichaw had a turpentine still and commissary.
The railroad through Pennichaw fell into disuse after World War II, and by the 1970, the rails had been removed, leaving cross ties, gravel and the occasional trestle. As the railroads and the commerce they brought disappeared, small communities such as Pennichaw declined. A few residential properties remain in the vicinity of Pennichaw.
The state of Florida has purchased the right of way that was formerly used for the rail line and is partnering with Volusia County to construct a paved, multi-use trail from Lake Monroe to both Edgewater and Titusville.
The East Central Regional Rail Trail corridor, which is more than 50 miles long, will be developed and managed by Volusia and Brevard counties. The first 5.7 miles opened in early 2011.
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