St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park

St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park located at 1000 Buffer Preserve Drive in Fellsmere. Bring a pair of binoculars while standing at the viewing area and watch the endangered Scrub Jay the only bird native to Florida. Hike the three trails, go horseback riding or take a bicycle ride on the 17 miles of trails. Before hiking the trails, pick up the pamphlets inside the visitor center.

Observe the threatened and endangered wildlife at a distance throughout the park. Visit the park from November 1 to April 1 to observe the Manatees at the observation deck.

A diorama and poster displays throughout the visitor center describes the many ecosystems and the different threatened and protected species that survive in their habitats. The threatened Diamondback Terrapin found mostly in brackish water in the eastern and southern United States. The Gopher Tortoise a protected species that live up to 60 years in the wild and can live up 100 years in captivity.

In the late 19th and early part of the twentieth century, early settlers arrived in Fellsmere on the Fellsmere Railroad and stayed at the Fellsmere Inn. People homesteaded and started successful citrus, turpentine businesses and cattle ranches. Inside the park, some remnants of the businesses still exist. Free entrance to the visitor center and park, donations accepted. Hours of operation located on the website.

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The Lawton House

 

 

 

 

The Lawton House located at 200 W. Broadway Street in Oviedo a historic home now a museum built in the late 19th century by J.H. Lee, Sr., an early settler to Oviedo. A historic marker on the property chronicles the Lawton House.

 

 

 

 

Storyboards give a detailed history of Oviedo throughout the years. Photographs of historic homes in the late 1800s into the early 1900s as well as photographs of early settlers. After the citrus freeze in the late 1890s, celery became the main crop. Memorabilia shown throughout the museum. Tools used in the Oviedo Fire Department through the years exhibited. Early kitchen appliances that includes an antique stove and a Mangler iron still in use today. The early hand-cranked Mangler irons had two rollers that made it easy to iron.

A map of the Orlando-Winter Park Railroad that owned the Dinky train line began service in the late 1880s. The 6-mile train line ran from Orlando to Winter Park eventually extended service to Oviedo and by the late 1960s service ended.

Located in the town of Oviedo and founded in the early 1960s the University of Central Florida originally called Florida Technological University home to 53,000 students. A lot of history in a small town. Free admission to the museum, open the first Saturday of the month along with the Farmers Market. After visiting the museum, listen to music on the porch.