We have finally made it to the start of our adventure.... Our 8 year old granddaughter Alyssah has joined us for the first 8 weeks of our trip and our first stop is at Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park. It is located in historic White Springs, Florida on the Suwanee River, it is one of our very favorite campgrounds to visit. There are so many things to see & do here in this park and also the surrounding areas... Not to mention that I have family not to far from here.
The campsites are all large with 50 amp electric & water, Firepits...
We even had nice fires at night & not to mention yummy S'Mores...
Ralph & Alyssah enjoying a couple of the many trails here in the park.
The Stephen Foster Museum features exhibits and dioramas that have moving scenes from Stephen Fosters songs as well as a large display of antique pianos.
This is the front of the museum which is fashion after a Southern Mansion and the diorama of "Way Down Upon a Swanee Ribber"
This piano is the actual piano that Stephen Foster wrote Nellie Blye on and a picture of the Springs in White Springs in its heyday....
Also the Telford Hotel which still stands today
The Carillon Tower is also home to the worlds largest tubular bell instrument, constructed and installed in 1957. The tower rings out Fosters tunes in scheduled concerts throughout the day.
Also in the park is a Craft Square where working craftsmen demonstrate cultural arts and traditions, from quilting to blacksmithing and home canning. The Cousin Thelma Boltin Craft & Gift Shop sells regional foods, crafts, gifts, handmade items by local artists as well as Stephen Foster memorabilia. Also in the park is Nelli Blyes Kitchen where on the first Saturday of the month you can be entertained by local talents... Everything from barbershop quartets to Story Tellers. We did not make it to that this time because it fell on the same day as July 4th. For July 4th we went into Lake City where we met up with my cousin Mary, her daughter Crystal & Family to enjoy the celebration of the cities 150 year birthday.
Ralph & My cousin Mary - Mary & her daughter Crystal
Alyssah & cousin Timothy sharing a funnel cake - Crystal & Alyssah
Alyssah getting her face painted - There were about 25 sidewalk vendors... free watermelon, balloons and things for the kids
The gang & My Sweet Alyssah with her RED Balloons
We have actually been in this park for several days and are heading out to Ocean Pond in Olustee, Florida. It is only 30 miles away but closer to my cousins house. Keep tuned for more of Our Adventures with Tassie