June – 2018 On The Road Again For A Short Trip

A seven hour drive that was broken up with a 2 night stop at Stephen Foster Cultural Center in White Springs, Florida.

Beautiful park, very well maintained with private sites. An interesting museum incorporating the music of Stephen Foster, Camptown Races, I Dream of Jeannie etc.

The tiny town of White Springs has a restaurant where the town gathers and the remains of the sulfur hot springs which made this a very popular health resort in the ’30’s, even visited by President Roosevelt. it appears the town has fallen on hard times and all the action is 15 miles away in Lake City

 

Stephen Foster Museum

There’s a large folk festival that takes place yearly, and events that take place during the winter months.

 

There were several pianos on display from 19th and 20th century, but this is the oddest keyboard we’d ever seen

There were little “Vignettes” on the walls depicting each of his songs

 

The bell tower There is a 97-bell carillon system installed in the tower making it the world’s largest tubular bell instrument.

Replica of the bell hanging structure in the tower

There was a 4 story hotel built around this time, but long gone now

All that remains of the resort

The Swanee River that runs through the town.

Funny thing is, Stephen Foster was from Ohio, kinda like John Denver penning Country Roads without setting foot in West Virginia

 

 

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