April 23, 2015

Eden Gardens State Park

Eden Gardens is a small state park located on Tucker Bayou, an inlet off Choctawhatchee Bay. It is about 10 miles from Live Oak Landing, our home while we are in Florida.

We always visit this park when we are in this area, and it is one of our favorite peaceful places in the world. It is right up there with the Glaslyn Valley in Snowdonia National Park, North Wales, and Frying Pan Island in Georgian Bay National Park, Canada.

If one visits in the early morning, there is an almost overwhelming sense of peacefulness and tranquility about the place. When I stroll around among the ancient oak trees, I feel fortunate to be able to visit such a beautiful place. It brings to me a feeling of inner peace.

The house on the grounds was built in 1895 by William Wesley, who made his fortune producing lumber in the region. It has been restored to its former splendor, and one can take a tour of the house. There are ornamental plantings and statuary on the grounds, and a waterfront where one can relax and watch the fish jump in Tucker Bayou. Browse through the pictures, and hopefully you sense some of the peacefulness and beauty.


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