Palmetto Leaves

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After the Civil War, Harriet and her husband Charles bought an Orange Plantation in Mandarin, on the upper east coast of Florida, where they lived during the winter months. Over the years they expanded their cottage to accommodate many guests (now a museum open to the public). They opened schools to educate and churches to care for the recently freed negros pouring into Florida seeking refuge and opportunity. These charming essays, each describing a largely undeveloped rural land, became one of the first travel guides written about Florida and stimulated the first boom of tourism and residential development to that area. Stow describes its waterways, flora and fauna, the generosity of the people, the lush abundance of flowers, farmer's efforts to develop crops, Negro relations with whites, correspondence with famous persons, etc. - Summary by Michele Fry (5 hr 18 min)


01 Nobody's Dog 14:36 Read by Michele Fry
02 A Flowery January In Florida 9:51 Read by Kevin Callon Boyle
03 The Wrong Side Of The Tapestry 13:56 Read by Kevin Callon Boyle
04 A Letter To The Girls 12:29 Read by Eva Davis
05 A Water-Coach, And A Ride In It 16:38 Read by Kevin Callon Boyle
06 Picknicking Up Julington 17:56 Read by BettyB
07 Magnolia 9:32 Read by BettyB
08 Yellow Jessamines 19:34 Read by Twinkle
09 "Florida For Invalids" 18:36 Read by Tom Penn
10 Swamps And Orange Trees 10:56 Read by BettyB
11 Letter-Writing 13:26 Read by Larry Wilson
12 Magnolia Week 13:56 Read by BettyB
13 Buying Land In Florida 9:18 Read by BettyB
14 Our Experience In Crops 9:19 Read by BettyB
15 May In Florida 9:38 Read by BettyB
16 St. Augustine 18:50 Read by BettyB
17 Our Neighbor Over The Way 24:34 Read by Sheila
18 The Grand Tour Up River 23:25 Read by John
19 Old Cudjo And The Angel 12:46 Read by John
20 The Laborers Of The South 39:16 Read by Michele Fry