Around 9, we decided to visit all the exhibits in the park. First stop, The Stephen Foster Museum, where we watched a video about Stephen Foster and viewed all the antique pianos and the dioramas that depicted many of his songs. Of course, Nancy snapped a ton of pictures.
Stephen Foster Museum
Antique Grand Piano
Mother of Pearl Piano Keyboard
"Swannee Ribber" Diorama
"Camptown Races" Diorama
Jeannie With the Light Brown HairNext stop, the Craft Buildings…
There are quite a few cottages that house various crafts. Of course, we went to them all!! Each building was staffed by a volunteer craft person. Most of them are RVers who get to demonstrate their craft in exchange for an RV site at the park. What a great way to enjoy your hobby!!
In the blacksmith’s building, I got to swing a hammer. Don’t think I will be “smithing” in retirement.
We came back to the Van and had a sandwich for lunch. Then we ventured out with our camera and walking poles in hand to hike several trails, the best of which was along the Suwannee River. All toll, we ended up hiking about 10 miles. It was perfect weather for our trek.
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We left the campground (3 loops in middle of picture) and followed the River Road Trail to Catfish Hole where we picked up the FTA Trail (Florida Trail) along the Suwannee River.
Along the River Road Trail
Catfish Hole, our first view of the Suwannee River.
Suwannee River Sign
More Views of the Suwannee River
At the end of the trail, just outside the gates of the state park, we came upon two remaining historic structures in the town of White Springs.
The Country Store and White Sulfur Springs.
Adams Country Store - 1865
Remaining Resort after a great flood
Choose your Treatment!
We finished up just about 4 pm. Just in time to try out the video feature on my camera.
Waiting for the 4pm performance of the Carrillon Bells
What we really wanted was the audio of the Carrillon bells
playing “Swannee River” at the Bell Tower (Campanile).
This is the major attraction of the State Park. We had some success,
but not enough to post…have to work on that some!!
Now I know she is feeling better.