A place of tranquility and contemplation, this park is part of the estate owned by lumber baron William Henry Wesley in the ... More
Eden Gardens State Park
A place of tranquility and contemplation, this park is part of the estate owned by lumber baron William Henry Wesley in the 1800s. This restored mansion, surrounded by flowering trees and stately oaks, features family heirlooms, antiques, and the second largest collection of Louis XVI furniture in the United States. Guided tours of the house are available hourly Thursday through Monday. The grounds, gardens, and picnic area are open daily.
The next time you're following a truck with a mechanical lift on the back that says "Maxon", thank the former owner of Eden State Gardens, Lois Maxon. She developed the beautiful estate, lived there a significant portion of her life, and gifted it to the people of Florida, her adopted home, for their benefit and enjoyment.
We were driving along on Hwy 98 - headed from Panama CIty Beach to Destin,and saw the sign for Eden Gardens and the historic home. Being the Southern history fans that we are, we just had to see this. We drove to the Park Office and asked about the tour. It was well worth the 45 minute wait, which we spent in the GIft Shop, walking around on the grounds surrounding the house, and chatting with our tour guide. He was very well informed and made the tour really interesting and fun. We would like to come back in the fall and see all the camelias in bloom.
I love this park, it has beautifully large trees with moss dangling from branches and the way the sun shines through them shows the wonder of this world. The house really fits into the scape of the park, it isn't overwhelming in size or style, but fits very well in place, only adding to the overall awe of this experience... there's something special about Eden Gardens, I don't live very close but will go back every chance I get.. I hope it continues to be maintained with care so generations to come can witness its majesty.
Third visit for our family, 1997, 2006, and 2007. Very wonderful setting to walk the grounds and see beautiful, huge old trees with plenty of Spanish moss. The price for touring the mansion is steep, but once through has done it for us. We like to just be there and absorb the locale. Take a sack lunch and enjoy being there for an hour or so. Nice little side trip for your PCB vacation.
It was interesting, but not what I expected. Turns out that someone felt like collecting antiques. This is not authentic, in that it is an estate, it should be called a museum. That is what it is. They have small, but nice gardens. Be careful, I was yelled at for taking too many pictures of the architecure...my profession, and love.
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