May 8, Yankeetown, Florida: Elvis Made a Movie in this Small Town
Yankeetown is a small village of 500 souls on the Withlacoochee River just upstream of where the river flows into the Gulf of Mexico.
It is a commercial fishing town today.
The oak shaded streets are draped with Spanish moss and lined with examples of Old Florida cracker homes.
The eclectic rambling buildings and ancient trees remind you of how the whole State of Florida used to be before it got discovered by Yankees back in the day.
Downtown Yankeetown, Florida
The village was originally settled in 1923 by an Indiana lawyer and politician named Armanis Knotts. Mr. Knotts had settled in nearby Inglis and owned land downriver. He advertised lots for sale and built the Izaak Walton Lodge as a place for fishing fans to eat and sleep in comfort.
The lodge was named for Izaak Walton, who was the famous author of the fishing classic “The Compleat Angler” that was written in England in the 1600’s.
The sleepy town of Yankeetown came to life for a few weeks in 1961 when Elvis Presley and film crews came to town to make Elvis’s 9th movie, “Follow That Dream”.
Much of the filming was done toward the