Suwannee River FL

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I had always assumed that Stephen Foster was born and bred in the south, with over 200 tunes like “Oh! Susannah” and “My Old Kentucky Home” to his credit. Come to find out, he was a Pennsylvania boy, and the one trip he took on the Mississippi River to New Orleans was the only time he ever set foot in Dixie. That didn’t stop Florida from creating a state park in his honor, complete with a museum and carillon that plays his songs. (Unfortunately it was undergoing lightning strike repairs while we were there.) The Stephen Foster State Folk Culture Center is on the banks of the Suwannee River that Foster made famous in his song “Old Folks at Home.”

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The Stephen Foster Museum
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The Carillon houses 97 tubular bells – one of the largest musical instruments ever produced in the Western Hemisphere.

“Way down upon the Suwannee River, far, far away. There’s where my heart is yearning ever, that’s where the old folks stay.”

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Lots of bike paths in and around this wonderful park
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The beautiful Suwannee River in White Springs FL
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My cousin grew up just down the road from here, and married his high school sweetheart.  Rick died in 1997, but Linda still lives here, and she and her friend Diane joined us for dinner at our campsite.

We haven’t been able to watch the Olympics, so as a consolation prize, we treated ourselves to a movie and wonderful Korean BBQ in Gainesville. Five stars!

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11 thoughts on “Suwannee River FL

  1. Looks like a delicious meal. What a shame the carillon wasn’t operating. That gives you a reason to return another time. Looks like a warm,beautiful place to be right now…flowers blooming wow

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  2. I am really enjoying your blog! Diane an I had such a great time with you and Rus. Mrs. W would go to White Springs to check on crafts and take lessons on any that she wanted to learn. She became an excellent basket weaver as a result of one of these courses (pine needles). Enjoy the rest of your trip!

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