Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

Look to the top of the Carillon Tower that plays Stephen Foster’s music throughout the day at the Stephen Foster Culture Center State Park at 11016 Lillian Saunders Drive/US Hwy 41 in White Springs.

 

 

 

 

The museum is a memorial to Stephen Foster. Watch a film about Stephen Foster’s early life; he wrote 250 songs during his lifetime. The Florida state song “Old Folks At Home” became a state song in the mid-1930s. Dioramas and paintings throughout the museum that illustrate some of his songs. A piano that he played on, a piano used at a Jenny Lind the Swedish Nightingale concert all permanent exhibits. A desk on display that he used to compose his songs as well as articles and photographs about him throughout the museum. While strolling on the grounds sit on a bench and listen to the relaxing sounds of the fountain or bring a picnic lunch and sit on a picnic table under a shade tree on the museum grounds.

Thirty-three miles of trails throughout the park. Ride a mountain bike or hike the Mountain Loop Trail an 8-mile scenic trail. Canoes, bicycles, cabins and campsites available for rent.

 

 

 

 

Walk along the brick path to the craft square shops that sell arts and crafts. A blacksmith shop that demonstrates blacksmithing. Books on Stephen Foster’s music, an assortment of jellies, jams, and other homemade crafts for sale in the gift shop.

The Florida Folk Festival held every Memorial Day weekend offers music, crafts and food. Check the website for other events throughout the year. I recommend the park a lot to see and do.

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