Goodwood Plantation

Goodwood Plantation

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Description:
Goodwood Plantation (also known as Old Croom Mansion) was a medium sized cotton plantation of about 1,675 acres (7&nbsp;km<sup>2</sup>) in central Leon County, Florida, established by Hardy Bryan Croom. It is located at 1500 Miccosukee Road. The plantation was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places on June 30, 1972.

Goodwood Museum & Gardens

The plantation home is now a historic house museum known as Goodwood Museum & Gardens that features original family furniture, porcelain, textiles, glassware, art and personal effects. The rooms have been decorated to appear in the years surrounding World War I. The house is visited by guided tour.

The grounds cover , and the gardens also feature an early 20th century design. Admission to the gardens is free.

Plantation specifics

The Leon County Florida 1860 Agricultural Census shows that Goodwood Plantation had the following:
  • Improved Land: 1050 acres (4&nbsp;km²)
  • Unimproved Land: 625 acres (2½&nbsp;km²)
  • Cash value of plantation: $33,640
  • Cash value of farm implements/machinery: $600
  • Cash value of farm animals: $3000
  • Number of slaves: unknown
  • Bushels of corn: 2500
  • Bales of cotton: 150

The owners

The Croom family of Lenoir County, North Carolina began purchasing land in North Florida in the 1820s, including plantations in Mariana, Quincy and Tallahassee. Hardy Bryan Croom, a planter and recognized naturalist, discovered the rare Torreya tree. He began amassing the land...
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