Located in the geographical center of the county, Mannfield was settled in 1884, by citizens of 16 states — mainly from Indiana, and named after State Senator Austin Mann. It was the county seat from 1887 to 1891 and had a population between 200 and 250.

As the story goes, the horsemen came in the dead of night, guided by the moon’s glow.

While the citizens in Mannfield slept, these men stormed the courthouse (which was a homestead temporarily declared the seat of county government) and took everything they could find. They even took a chair with County Clerk Capt. W.C. Zimmerman still sitting in it. By mule-drawn carriage, they headed to the Inverness courthouse some 10 miles east. These men who stole Mannfield had been complaining for months that the county seat should be in Inverness.

The horsemen swore they would let Zimmerman go if he swore his allegiance to them and agreed to make Inverness the county seat.

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In the end the horsemen won, and Mannfield, already plagued by economic problems, soon faded away. By 1917, it was a ghost town.

Not much is left of this old town — a capped-off pipe from an old well, a cattle dip vat (which was used to eradicate ticks from cattle and other livestock), and an old cemetery.

This ghost town is now part of the Withlacoochee State Forest off the eastern side of County Road 491.

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