Historic Homes of Florida’s First Coast is an essential book for anyone interested in visiting the wide variety of fascinating early residential structures which are open to the public in the North Florida area. With five geographic sections containing short chapters about each of the chronologically listed homes, this book provides readers with an easy to use guide for planning entertaining and educational day trips throughout the region.
Among the homes featured are some of the nation’s oldest Spanish Colonial structures located in St. Augustine, the Kingsley Plantation house on Jacksonville’s Fort George Island, and simple “Cracker” style houses located throughout the area. Collectively, these homes span a time period of more than 250 years. Former residents of the homes include exiled European royalty, writer Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, musician Frederick Delius and a number of lesser known but equally important early settlers of the North Florida area.
In addition to the informative and absorbing text, Historic Homes of Florida’s First Coast includes ninety images; thirty vintage photographs accompanied by sixty original photographs of both the exteriors and the rarely photographed interiors of these important structures.