Orlando Museum of Art

imagesOrlando Museum of Art located at 2416 N. Mills Avenue. Museum Day sponsored by museums that participate with The Smithsonian Institution. Museum Day is a yearly event.

Orlando Museum of Art has thirteen exhibits from Contemporary American Graphics to Portraits and People in American Life. Landscapes of the sea, mountains and portraits of families from the 19th century in the American Art gallery. Two of the artists featured at the museum are Childe Hassam an American impressionist painter who painted landscapes of urban areas and the sea and John Singer Sargent known for painting famous people. Exhibits of African Art in Everyday Life, Caribbean Culture, Contemporary Abstract Painting and Sculpture. I definitely recommend this museum especially when you have time to read each plaque that gives you a brief history of the artists and their works.


Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse and Museum

lighthouseIf you go on Sunday, there is less traffic and the drive will be more enjoyable. Its eleven miles to the lighthouse from Interstate 95 and the view is picturesque. Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse and Museum has been designated a National Historic Landmark since 1998. Check their website for admission times so you will have plenty of time to visit all of the buildings and where you can print a 10 percent coupon.

imagesThe lighthouse was originally called Mosquito (Inlet) Lighthouse. In 1927, the Florida Legislature changed the name to Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse and Museum to honor Ponce de Leon for all his contributions to the State of Florida. Jesse Linzy was an African American who was a skilled concrete worker that helped build the lighthouse. A plaque is dedicated in his honor.

The main entrance building is where you purchase tickets and houses the gift shop. Nine buildings are part of the campus and each building has plaques that gives people a detailed history of everyday life for the families that lived there.

An employee told me that when you reach the top you could see for 19 miles. If you have a boat, you can reach the lighthouse from the inlet. There are beautiful gardens and a nature walk.


Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park

PICT0404Marjorie Kinnan Rawling’s Cracker House in Cross Creek is now a Historic State Park. In 2006 the House and Farmyard were designated a National Historic Landmark. A cracker house is a wooden structure that was built by the early settlers. It was elevated so the air would flow, a lot of windows, porches and high ceilings that kept down the heat. Many citrus trees line the sandy path. She wrote “The Yearling” which won a Pulitzer Prize. She wrote eight other novels; three are still in print. Cross-Creek is located near Gainesville, Florida.

PICT0406Parking is based on the honor system, its $3.00 a car load. I have been to the house three times and each time I learn something new. Surrounding the property is a Tenant House where the maids lived, several chicken coups and many citrus trees.

PICT0398Visit Micanopy and Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings home in one day; they are only ten miles apart. They give tours of the house from October through July. The tour of the house is $3.00, well worth the price; the guides are very knowledgeable.