In this book I share the stories of 22 historic North Florida homes, all of which are open to the public. Among the homes featured are Spanish Colonial structures located in St. Augustine, the Kingsley Plantation house, and simple “Cracker” style houses. Collectively, they span a time period of more than 250 years. Residents of the homes included exiled European royalty, writer Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, musician Frederick Delius and a number of lesser known but equally important early settlers of the North Florida area. The book also includes more than 90 images, 30 of which are vintage photographs and 60 original photographs. Many of the photos are from the First Coast Reflections collection, which has been exhibited internationally, and some of the images were created exclusively for the book.
Region Your Book Covers: North Florida
What Inspired You to Write History Books?
This book in particular was written as a result of repeated requests by those who attended speaking engagements I held in association with exhibitions of the First Coast Reflections fine art photography project.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Write about what fascinates you. Have at least one person, preferably two, who can serve as a “sounding board” for your work. Keep a small notepad handy at all times!
Writing About US History Must Be Difficult, How Do You Do Your Reseach?
Research for this book was conducted through site visits and guided tours led by historians employed by locations, work done in historical society libraries, selected readings from other history books on this area, and extensive internet searches.
Author and artist Mary Atwood is a long time resident of the First Coast area whose deep appreciation of its natural beauty, rich history and diverse culture is often reflected in her work. Ms. Atwood’s close connections to and collaborative efforts with local historical societies provides unique opportunities for her to capture, in both words and images, the stories associated with house museums throughout the First Coast area. Her fine art photography has won numerous awards and has been exhibited internationally. To learn more about Mary’s photography please visit her website at www.MaryAtwoodPhotoArt.com.