Eden Plantation (crs)

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The beautifully renovated, two-story Wesley house with elegant white columns and wrap-around porch is a focal point of the park.  Surrounded by moss-draped live oaks and ornamental gardens that inspires visions of hoop skirts and landed gentry, it was the tranquil home of the William Henry Wesley family and the bustling Wesley Lumber Company which included a sawmill, planer mill and dry kiln with a dock for loading barges in Tucker Bayou.  Wesley built his home in 1897 and lived there with his family until 1953 when his wife, Katie Strickland Wesley died and it was sold along with 10.5 acres.  In 1963, Lois Maxon fell in love with the house and purchased it, converting it into a showplace for her family antiques and heirlooms.  She developed the grounds as ornamental gardens and in 1968 donated Eden Gardens to the state.

Reference/s: http://www.floridastateparks.org/edengardens/
 http://www.floridastateparks.org/history/parkhistory.cfm?parkid=27

Identifier: 565, Last Accessed: 2017-09-23 09:36:31

 

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Last Modified: Fri Jul 29 2016 09:10:20.

 

 



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