Florida's Antebellum Homes

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Arcadia Publishing, 2004 - History - 144 pages
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Florida's antebellum architecture reflects the state's singular history and the realities faced and enjoyed by her early citizens. Threats from Native Americans dictated that the homes of early frontiersmen incorporate in their design defensive features, and many felt the need to locate within small towns. Many planters held close family and business ties with the older, more established South, which encouraged elaborate homes that could easily fit into the plantation architecture of South Carolina, Georgia, or Mississippi. Influences from the state's two ruling countries-Spain and England-also gave way to unique design.

Florida's Antebellum Homes features images of buildings that incorporate various combinations of these design features. In addition, some of the public structures shown here reflect the emerging senses of personal affluence, civic pride, and political development. Unfortunately, some of these buildings no longer exist; they fell prey to natural catastrophes, unbridled expansion, and the relentless march of Florida's exacting climate. Many, however, remain in pristine condition and invite the public to appreciate them today, much as earlier Floridians reveled in their stateliness.

 

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Contents

Acknowledgments
6
Introduction
7
Spanish and British Florida
9
From Territory Through Statehood and into the Confederacy
21
Public Buildings in Antebellum Florida
27
Leon County
43
Jefferson and Madison Counties
51
Gadsden and Jackson Counties
59
The East Coast and St Johns River
71
Central and South Florida Plantations
81
Urban Antebellum Homes and the People Who Owned Them
93
Cracker Homes on Floridas Frontier
123
Epilogue J 41
144
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Lewis N. Wynne and John T. Parks have come together from different backgrounds to produce an engaging volume of social, political, economic, and, of course, architectural significance. Wynne, author and historian, is the executive director of the Florida Historical Society, the Historic Rossetter House Foundation, and the Florida Historical Library Foundation. Parks, a principal architect, is a member of the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and the Florida Historical Society. Their passion and experience make this book an invaluable read for any history or architecture aficionado.

Lewis N. Wynne and John T. Parks have come together from different backgrounds to produce an engaging volume of social, political, economic, and, of course, architectural significance. Wynne, author and historian, is the executive director of the Florida Historical Society, the Historic Rossetter House Foundation, and the Florida Historical Library Foundation. Parks, a principal architect, is a member of the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and the Florida Historical Society. Their passion and experience make this book an invaluable read for any history or architecture aficionado.

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