Travels With Marge & Doug travel blog

We've made it to Jacksonville, FL & Doug has had his knee-replacement surgery @ Mayo Clinic on 2/17 & is now doing in-patient Rehab. More about that later but I wanted to share some of the fun things we did on the way here. But before that I'll just say we have had internet issues & have not been on-line for almost a month.

While in Panama City we decided to check out a nearby state park called Eden Gardens, which was originally part of the historic Wesley homestead. 100 years ago the site was alive w/mechanical & human energy in a virgin forest of longleaf pine & cypress which are now exhausted in this part of the state. It was the hub of the Wesley Lumber Company, operating from 1890 until after World War I. It included a sawmill, planer mill & dry kiln w/a dock to facilitate loading barges in Tucker Bayou for shipping the lumber. Wesley built his home near the mill in 1897 & his family lived there until 1953 when his wife died & the house was put up for sale but it sat empty for 10 yrs. Lois Maxon, a New York publisher, fell in love w/the place, purchased it, converting the house into a showplace & furnished it with French Antiques worth $2 million dollars. In 1968, Ms Maxon donated Eden Gardens to the State of Florida. Today it is surrounded by moss-draped live oaks & ornamental gardens.

The day we toured the manison it rained 3 inches!! So we toured the beautiful southern home & left the gardens for the next visit.

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