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Rare Antiques and Collectibles at Waldo Flea Market and Antique Village

May 27, 2019 by Corey A Edwards

Waldo Flea Market and Antique VillageIf you enjoy perusing antiques and collectibles, have we the place for you. The Waldo Flea Market and Antique Village has over 900 dealers, making it the largest antique and collectibles market in the region.

Antiques and collectibles fans know how exciting it is to hunt for the rare finds they covet. This is especially true when they find themselves outside their usual hunting grounds. There is excitement in the unknown. Where the rest of us only see piles of “old used stuff,” they see a potential for buried treasure and can entertain themselves for hours just browsing.

If this describes you, you’ll be happy to learn that Waldo Antique Village is just a five minute drive from our North Central Florida bed and breakfast. The 20,000 square foot, two story building is a magnet for collectors, with a cornucopia of items inside. You’ll see antiques, curiosities, jewelry, apparel, art, toys, records, tools, furniture, and a host of other collectibles.

And that’s just the Waldo Antique Village – wait until you see the Waldo Flea Market!

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Step Back In Time at Dudley Farm Historic State Park

January 28, 2019 by Corey A Edwards

Dudley Farm Historic State ParkStep back in time with a visit to the fully-restored, antebellum Dudley Farm. This historic State Park in Newberry, Fl features living history demonstrations, special events, and more.

Historic Dudley Farm is a one-of-a-kind, thoroughly authentic, 325-acre, working farm and Florida state park.

The facility presents the evolution of North Florida farming, from the pioneer days of the 1850’s through to the gasoline-powered 1940’s. This era of change is presented from the perspective of the Dudley family, generations of whom lived out their lives here.

The Dudley family moved to North Central Florida, from Charleston, SC, in the mid-1800’s. Three generations of the family worked the then 640-acre farm, expanding it to a successful crossroads community, with a post office and general store.

Today, visitors can travel back in time at the facility to see what life was once like here.

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Take A Hike – at Gainesville’s Sweetwater Wetlands Park!

February 23, 2018 by Corey A Edwards

Sweetwater Wetlands ParkSweetwater Wetlands Park in Gainesville, Fl is more than 125 acres of man-made wetland habitat. Designed to improve water quality and act as a wildlife preserve, the park has since become one of North Central Florida’s best birding areas!

Not too long ago, we told you about the amazing wildlife and scenery to be found at Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park. Well, one the reasons Paynes Prairie Preserve is so pristine is due to Sweetwater Wetlands Park.

Prior to the creation of Sweetwater Wetlands, the area’s water quality was beginning to suffer. Further, ranchers in the 1930s dug a ditch to drain part of Paynes Prairie in order to expand grazing areas. The ditch they dug fed directly to Alachua Sink and dehydrated more than 1,300 acres of prairie wetlands.

Over the decades, the Alachua Sink, which directly connects to the Floridan Aquifer, built up an excess of nitrogen from all the urban runoff and wastewater. Soon, it was clear something must be done to reverse this damage.

The solution was the Paynes Prairie Sheetflow Restoration Project. The project’s mission was to reinvigorate the natural water filtration via the restoration of wetland habitat along the northern rim of Paynes Prairie. At the same time, they created an environmentally friendly park, filled with plants and animals: Sweetwater Wetlands Park!

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Discover North Central Florida’s Wings of Dreams Aviation Museum!

January 29, 2018 by Corey A Edwards

Wings of Dreams Aviation MuseumWings of Dreams Aviation Museum, at Keystone Heights Airport in Starke, FL, is an aviation enthusiast’s wonderland of historic aircraft, space program artifacts, and military vehicles. Anyone with a fascination for aviation or military vehicles should visit Wings of Dreams!

The varied collection at Wings of Dreams Aviation Museum often surprises visitors. Finding a collection of vintage military vehicles and planes is one thing. Add in space program artifacts, various uniforms, and a host of exhibits and you might think you were at a much larger museum.

In fact, Wings of Dreams has been so successful in its collections that they’re planning a larger facility to accommodate them all. The multi-phase construction plan includes an aircraft restoration facility, along with a library, gift shop, restaurant, and more.

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