Resident's cannonball recalls local history

Published: Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 06:16 PM.

BONIFAY — Longtime Bonifay resident Ben Holland, who lived in the area of town known to older generations as Pepper Town, has been sharing his cannonball story with generations of local residents  —  as well as anyone how he can take a picture with.

“I’ve taken pictures with senators, singers and undertakers,” said Holland. “That cannonball’s been around.”

Holland explained that he applied for and received a building permit for $38 in 1974 to start building his house, and while building the footer for the home, he came across the Civil War era cannonball.

“I took it straight to the Piggly Wiggly and had it weighed, which was weighed at exactly 12 pounds,” he said. “We measured it at 13 and a half inches around.”

Holland has a hobby of collecting photos, and finding of the cannonball tied in with his love of photography. So over the years, he has been taking pictures of the cannonball with various people at various places.

“I don’t know how it got there, but I know where it’s going and it’s going around,” said Holland. “I’ve had pictures taken with beautiful women and senators, I even have a picture of Robert Sikes, who was a representative for Florida and Herbert Peel, the undertaker. It’s going around and I intend it to keep going around until its time for it to come home.”

He said it was a proud piece of history from Pepper Town.

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