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Step Back In Time At Dudley Farm Historic State Park

January 22, 2018 by Corey A Edwards

Dudley Farm Historic State ParkDudley Farm is both a Historic State Park and a working farm in North Central Florida. The 1880’s homestead includes original buildings and staff in period clothing demonstrating the evolution of Florida farming.

The Dudley family moved from Charleston, SC to North Central Florida in the mid-1800s, establishing what we know today as Dudley Farm. In reality, Dudley “farm” was a significant crossroads community. 18 buildings were constructed on the 640-acre property between the 1880s and 1945, including a general store and post office.

Dudley Farm Historic State Park retains 325 of these original 640 acres. The many buildings found here are restored, not recreated. Along with the expected farmhouse, stables, and barns, Dudley Farm also boasted a kitchen outbuilding. Other unique structures on the site include a canning house, a syrup house and mill, dairy shed, and a tobacco barn.

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Visit Another World at Kanapaha Botanical Gardens

May 13, 2017 by Corey A Edwards

Kanapaha Botanical Gardens in Gainesville, FLTwo or three steps into Kanapaha Botanical Gardens and you’ll feel as if you’ve been transported to a different world. An amazing and beautiful world of incredible plants, flowers, bridges, waterfalls, and bamboo forests.

Kanapaha Botanical Gardens in Gainesville is home to Florida’s largest public bamboo gardens, the largest herb garden in the Southeast, and so much more. The gardens were named after nearby Lake Kanapaha, which was once home to a Timucuan Indian village. “Kanapaha” comes from the Timucua words for “palmetto leaf” and “house,” referring to the thatched dwellings the Timucua lived in.

The 62-acre facility contains 24 major collections gathered into a variety of different gardens. There is a Cycad Garden, a Ginger Garden, Water Gardens, Hummingbird Garden, Rock Garden, and more. In fact, Kanapaha Botanical Gardens is home to Florida’s largest public bamboo gardens as well as the largest herb garden in the Southeast!

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