Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park
|Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park|
IUCN category V (protected landscape/seascape)
|Location||Hamilton County, Florida, USA|
|Nearest city||White Springs, Florida|
|Governing body||Florida Department of Environmental Protection|
Stephen Foster is famed for having written the song "Old Folks At Home", also known as "Way Down Upon the Suwannee River". The song, referring nostalgically to "home far, far away", is now Florida's State Song.
Stephen Foster Museum
The Stephen Foster Museum honors the accomplishments of American composer Stephen Foster, and features dioramas and exhibits about his famous songs, including Old Folks at Home, more commonly known by the words of its first line as "(Way Down Upon the) Swanee River". The honor of Stephen Foster (who never visited Florida) was the idea of Josiah K. Lilly, Sr., the son of Eli Lilly, who proposed the memorial in 1931.
The Stephen Foster Memorial Carillon, the park's 97 tubular bell carillon tower, was built in 1957 by the J.C. Deagan Company. Over four decades, the company built and installed in excess of 500 carillons worldwide based on their own 1916 design. The setup at White Springs was their largest and last carillon. It is noted as the "world's largest tubular bell instrument" from the company.
The carillon plays Foster's songs throughout the day. A second museum area inside the tower also features exhibits about Stephen Foster and the carillon.
Florida state parks are open between 8 a.m. and sundown every day of the year (including holidays).
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