Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Preserving Old Florida

I love Florida, but especially old Florida. Old Florida is the sweet smell of orange trees; the hot brick roads shaded by oak trees; the colorful beach bungalows with broken picket fences. It's the strange attractions like mermaids in Weeki Wachee or the coral castle in Homestead. There's nothing like old Florida and, call me crazy, but I feel like it's my responsibility to save some small part of it.

Early morning picture of the Spanish castle in St. Augustine, Florida
That probably has a lot to do with my parents. All my life I was taught about the importance of Florida history and old homes. My dad is known as the town historian in Brooksville, Florida because he has been publishing his monthly publication of Old Brooksville in Photos and Stories for years and is the author of a book about Brooksville's history. My mom is the one who insisted we grow up in an old home because "they have way more to offer than any new subdivision."

Then why don't we have insulation?

"Because this old  home has original hardwood floors, a nice tin roof, and beautiful french doors leading into the dining room."

I find myself looking for those same things as we search for a home. Sure, insulation is nice and all, but a house with wavy glass in the windows and crown molding on the walls is way cooler.

My mom and I plan to attend the Historic Homes Workshop hosted by Tampa Preservation, Inc. on April 14, 2012 in Seminole Heights, Florida. If you have any interest in old homes - from refinishing floors to researching your home's history, then I would encourage you to attend! 

Since we haven't signed the papers for an old home yet, I will have to be content with loving old Florida through the things we find at antique shops. The picture above includes some of my favorite Florida memorabilia.  

Like a good Floridian, I drink my Florida orange juice every morning out of that mug.  And the piggy bank is the perfect thing to help us save for our first home.  Okay, maybe not perfect considering it could probably hold $5 in coins, but it's still pretty darn cute. I found all of these items at an antique shop called Islander Trading Post in Sanibel Island, FL.  If you're into antiquing, then you have to go to this shop!

Anyone else out there have a sweet spot for old Florida?