Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park
is a Florida State Park
located in White Springs
off U.S. 41
, along the Suwannee River
in north Florida.
Among the wildlife of the park are Gopher Tortoises
, Box turtles
, American Alligators
, White-tailed deer
, Wood Ducks
and a variety of birds.
Activities include picnicking
, as well as horseback riding, canoeing
, and wildlife
Amenities include picnic tables, wooded trails, access to the Suwannee River, riverside cabin
, and a 97-bell carillon
. There is a craft shop that sells Florida and Southeastern folk art and crafts.
Stephen Foster Museum
The Stephen Foster Museum honors the accomplishments of American composer Stephen Foster
, and features dioramas
and exhibits about his famous songs, including Old Folks at Home
, more commonly known by the words of its first line as "(Way Down Upon the) Swanee River". The honor of Stephen Foster (who never visited Florida) was the idea of Josiah K. Lilly, Sr.
, the son of Eli Lilly
, who proposed the memorial in 1931.
The Stephen Foster Memorial Carillon
, the park's 97 tubular bell carillon
tower, was built in 1957 by the J.C. Deagan Company. Over four decades, the company built and installed in excess of 500 carillions worldwide based on their own 1916 design. The setup at White Springs was their largest and last carillion. It is noted as the "world's... Read More