We hiked 5 miles along the Suwannee River in Florida. The river gets it’s name from the Creek indian word for “Echo”. The river begins it’s journey in the Okefenokee Swamp in Georgia and proceeds southwest to the Gulf of Mexico, not far from us. Hence, we are way down upon the Suwannee River.
The river became famous from the song by Stephen Foster, Old Folks at Home. Stephen Foster was born July 4, 1826 in Lawrenceville, Pennsylvania, now known as Pittsburg. Foster had neither been to Florida, nor seen the Suwannee River. His original version of the song began “Way down upon de Pee Dee Ribber, far, far away…” But that did not fit in with his song. He looked on a map of the southern United States and decided on “Swanee”. A modified version of his song is now the Florida State song (They took out “offensive language” like “darkeys”).