Historic Spanish Point
It was a Florida perfect day when Dave, Buddy and I walked the paths through archeological exhibitions, burial mound and two middens (shell mounds) dating from 3000 B.C.-1000 A.D.
The Pioneer Era 1867-1910, follows the Webb family from NY settling here. Original home sites, houses, citrus packing house, chapel and cemetery where the pioneers are buried are part of these displays.
The Palmer Era, 1910-1980, features beautiful lawns, mangroves, fernery and formal gardens, all part of the Palmer Estate, which passed in 1980 to the Gulf Coast Heritage Association.
There is an admission fee to visit which includes an orientation film and a guided or self-guided tour. Dogs on leash are welcome. The highlight of Buddy’s tour was meeting many anatoles, the fast moving little Florida lizards that disappear, a surprise to a mountain dog.
We’ve had a lovely time in Florida visiting friends, enjoying the weather and learning Florida history. I’m leaving with the seed of a new historical fiction germinating. I see research in my future.