Dessie Pescott's house on Lake Rousseau in Citrus County recently had an open house to show how much we appreciate this woman. The plaque in front of the house says, "Dessie Smith Prescott Au4, 1906 - April 19, 2002 This site is a memorial to Dessie Smith Prescott one of the great pioneers of twentieth century Florida.
Orphaned at age 12, Prescott not only survived, she flourished. Prescott's love of the outdoors is legendary. At age 19, Prescott built her own log cabin. She built a hunting and fishing lodge on teh Withlacoochee River that she operated for several decades.
Prescott was the first licenses female pilot in Florida and the first female hunting and fishing guide in Florida. She served in the military during World War II.
Prescott's independenct and outdoor skills provided inspiration for Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings' novels The Yearling, South Moon Under, and Cross Creek.
Dessie Smith Prescott was inducted into the Florida Women's Hall of Fame in 1999.
"Dessie Always wondered what was aroudn the next bend in the river. On April 19, 2002 Dessie too her final trip, and now Dessie knows." Candace Boothe, Prescott's caregiver for 18 years.