Fred N. Varn


During the period following the Civil War, Florida slowly regained her economic balance, and a few industries began to prosper in a moderate sort of way. The interior part of the lower peninsula was hampered by a shortage of currency, and many persons resorted to a barter system. The records kept by Fred N. Varn, who operated a store and tannery on his farm situated two miles from Fort Meade, illustrate this type of barter.