Thursday, June 28, 2012
Our New Home - Nelmar House 1877
We took a quick trip over the East Coast to Talbot Island and Fort George Island since there was finally going to be a break from tropical storm Debby. Here's our new home Nelmar House on Fort George Island near Jacksonville Florida. Isn't she a beauty?
There are ceiling fans on the outside porch a couple of fire places and lots of elbow room and the roof is made of cypress shingles. I do love a home with a big front porch. There's also a large outbuilding perfect for my clay studio.
The Nelmar House was built in 1877 by John Stuart and is located on Fort George Island. It's sits on a nice piece of oak and pine studded property with views of the intercoastal water and ocean beyond. Gary always wanted to live on an island. I think I could live in Nelmar House quite comfortably, except I'm not sure I would like the upkeep of a home that large. Dreaming big but thinking small is probably best. The home is actually for sale, but perhaps a small cottage would suffice much better. Had you going though didn't I?
We hoped to see the oldest plantation house in Florida on that island, but it was closed due to the weather. The Nelmar House satisfied our quest for a taste of history from long ago days. Seeing the house we realized not everything in Florida has been destroyed by hurricanes over the years. Lots of old homes and buildings have weathered many storms and stood the test of time.
On the drive there we took the ferry in Mayport over to the islands having traveled up from the South.
We walked as far as we could on the boardwalk on Talbot Island then found the sea had obliterated the path to the beach from tropical storm Debby. So there was no shell collecting to be done.
Thankfully there wasn't much beach erosion or damage to structures. We did see a few trees had fallen and there was lots of standing water.
Driving on the island we saw a doe and her two fawns crossing a sandy road, but they were too quick for me to capture with my camera. We did notice many gopher tortoise had weathered the storm and were foraging voraciously. These are a few of my inspirational photos from a quick trip to the ocean, hopefully we'll go back again soon. On the way home we stopped in Green Cove Springs for dinner at Ronnies Wings and Oyster Bar. We had a good trip. Every day we learn there's a lot of history and lots to see and do in Florida. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.