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American Territorial

History of Time Period

In 1821, Spain relinquished control of Florida and the United States sent Andrew Jackson to be the military Governor. Tallahassee was deserted at that time, but after two years of crossing the wasteland of North Florida from Pensacola to St. Augustine and back again to conduct affairs of state, it was decreed that a central location be found for the capital of the new territory. The commissioners decided on the beautiful spot with rolling hills and fertile land which is now Tallahassee, and the first settlers arrived April 9, 1824.

Accounts of Tallahassee in those early years were wild and wooly. It is said that the yellow fever epidemic of 1841 helped clean up the town, and Francis Eppes, the first Mayor did the rest. The many families bringing great names with histories of fame and fortune became the leaders and law and order prevailed. More people came from far and wide and the new capital grew. Tallahassee flourished with plantations, schools, banks, merchants, transportation, and legislators. . . . Thus began a very long lasting love affair.

AT Krewe Chief- Sally Musgrove

Sally was born in Lexington, Kentucky where she attended the University of Kentucky for 3 years and later graduated with a BS from the University of Tennessee.

She has lived in Tallahassee since 1976.  Sally was the owner of Sally Musgrove Allstate Insurance Agency for over 24 years and sold her agency in 2012.  She has always been active in her community serving as President of Tallahassee Insurance Agents and Financial Advisors, President of Gilchrist PTO, President of Insurance Women of Tallahassee, serving as an ambassador for the Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce for over 15 years and helping start the first Chamber Leads Group.  She has also been a business partner with several schools, was a founding member of Sunset Rotary, and has served on committees in several Realtor Associations.  In 2009, Sally was named one of the “25 Women You Need to Know in Tallahassee” based on her business achievements and her community involvement by the Tallahassee Democrat.

She married her husband, Richard, in 1995 and together they have 5 children and 16 grandchildren.  They joined Springtime Tallahassee American Territorial Krewe in 1994 and have always taken an active role in both Springtime and their krewe.  Sally and Richard have been on AJ Staff for the past 19 years.  In 2003-2004, Richard and Sally served as Andrew Jackson XXXII and Rachel Jackson.  In 2010-2011, Richard served as Springtime Tallahassee President and Sally worked along with him as the President’s wife.  They have children that have been active in Springtime and currently have a granddaughter in Springtime Belle’s and Gent’s.

Sally, fearing boredom and lack of “adult people” relationships after selling her agency, started working for Fit Weight Loss Center two years ago and is also working as a licensed Realtor with Keller Williams Realty.  Her hobbies include EVERYTHING Springtime, hosting large parties with “Chef Dickie”, making new friends, spending time at their beach house at Shell Point, and of course, hanging out with their family.  Sally states that her life is always crazy and unbelievably busy, but she would not have it any other way!  She, along with Richard, are looking forward to her position as AT Krewe Chief.  She is proud to say her AT Krewe has already adopted a number of charitable organizations to support in our Tallahassee Community and is can’t wait for another exciting year.  Sally says, “Life is Good and American Territorial Krewe is determined to make it even better!”