Our week at the RV park north of Jacksonville didn’t go so well. The first few days were hot and muggy. Even a walk from the RV to the park office left us drenched in sweat. The rest of the days it just rained and rained.
Today the rain has stopped and the sun made an appearance. We drove about 85 miles west towards Florida’ s panhandle to Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park. This is one of the nicest state parks we’ve ever been in. They gave us a nice long level pull-thru with full hookups. We were so pleased to step outside and find a nice cool 66 degrees. Still humid, but at that temperature it was tolerable. The days are so short now so we went for a quick walk around the campground before it got dark.
They are busy setting up Christmas decorations and lights for their annual Festival of Lights that begins December 4.
The Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center here honors the memory of American composer Stephen Foster, who wrote “Old Folks at Home” as well as many many other familiar songs we all grew up with.
Among the museum exhibits are several dioramas each illustrating the words of a song by Stephen Foster. They are 3 dimensional and include some animation.
The Carillon Tower also has a museum in the base of it that has information about how the tower was constructed. In 1958 it was the world’s largest tubular bell carillon with 97 tubular bells in it’s tower.
We were here two years ago. You can see that blog post here: Stephen Foster State Park 2013
- Gasoline: $85 @ $2.09
- Lodging: $50.70 (Includes a $6.70 reservation fee)
One of our favorite parks! We’ve been there several times including twice for the festival of lights. If you have a chance to go through there when they are doing the festival of lights I would highly recommend it.
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Oh I know! We were here for the Festival of Lights two years ago, it was great. We’re too early for it this time, but, who knows, may be we’ll be back this way next month. Planning ahead, making reservations, etc. is something we don’t do.