12/29 - Historic Spanish Point (Set I)

by Kevin January. 07, 2010 6367 views

Too cold to go to the beach, but too nice to stay inside, a group of us headed south to Historic Spanish Point. We found out about it from TripAdvisor.com and it was a beautiful day. The weather was perfect for a long walk, too!

Historic Spanish Point is a 30 acre museum and environmental complex located in Osprey, Florida. It is operated by the Gulf Coast Heritage Association, Inc. Located at 337 North Tamiami Trail, in Osprey, Florida, the museum includes an archeological exhibit of a prehistoric shell mound known as a midden, a turn-of-the-century pioneer homestead historic house museum, a citrus packing house, a chapel, boatyard, gardens and nature trails.

This little lizard greeted us at the visitor center.

The group trying to figure out which way to head first…

This lagoon is covered in duckweed.

Native to Florida, Duckweed is one of the world's smallest flowering plants and can be found floating on sluggish or still water. It has one slender root on its underside and waterfoul feed on these tiny plants.

Spanish moss is very prevalent in the area. Spanish moss is an epiphyte (a plant that lives upon other plants), which absorbs nutrients (especially calcium) and water from the air and rainfall. Spanish moss is colloquially known as an “air plant”.

Coffee plants were everywhere…

Mary's Chapel is named for Mary Sherrill, a young woman who died while staying at Webbs’ Winter Resort, operated by the Webb family.

The 1986 reconstuction contains the six stained-glass windows that were salvaged from the original building. The chapel is a a popular place for small country weddings.

Next to Mary's Chapel is the family graveyard, Pioneer Cemetery, where members of the Webb family and other area pioneers are interred.

I like how this one came out…

The bell of Mary's Chapel.

Guptill House (1901)

Frank and Lizzie Webb Guptill built their home on the prehistoric Archaic Midden in 1901. They rented rooms to winter boarders. Ten years later, the home was acquired by Mrs. Potter Palmer and called Hill Cottage. The Guptill House is furnished to depict the Florida pioneer era.

I think I might be taking too long…

Duchene Lawn and Classic Portal

Mrs. Palmer's formal Duchene Lawn features two rows of Queen Palms, Phoenix Reclinatas and a Washington Palms. The Classic Portal framed a view of Webb's Cove during Mrs. Palmer's era.

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Paolo Martini 10 years, 2 months ago

fantastic set!

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