Trip Start Jan 09, 2009
99Trip End Jun 01, 2009
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First stop was the visitors' center. Based on the info gleaned, we decided to use the time we had by visiting the old capital building across the street - great value for the money (free)! This building, built on one of the high points in the city, served as the government seat until replaced by a tower next door in the 1970's. Restored to the way it was in the early part of the last century, it now houses interpretive exhibits of Florida history and provides interactive activities for school age children. For instance, several of the high profile issues faced by the Florida government over the years have been reproduced on video for the children, who sit in the seats formerly occupied by government representatives
One of our neighbors at the RV park said that she loved to explore Tallahassee and has been here several times. When asked for a recommendation, she replied "We drive around until we get lost and then discover something new!" So we decided to pursue this course. We didn't have time to do downtown justice - it really is beautiful - and Don's knees are complaining today.
About fifteen minutes later we turned into the gates of Goodwood - a Florida plantation maintained by a private foundation. A $6 admission provided us with an excellent tour of the home which has retained many of the furnishings, dishes and items of clothing of the families who have lived there through the years. Although the gardens are very brown right now, one can image that they are lush and fragrant in the spring and summer.