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 famous 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 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 97-bell carillon at the Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park is the largest tubular bell carillon in number of bells was installed during the summer of 1958. More than a year was required by Deagan craftsmen to build the huge set of bells, perhaps the greatest single manufacturing project in the firm’s 78-year history.
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. The carillon was damaged by an electrical storm in 2017 and has not yet been repaired.
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- "Florida State Parks 75th Anniversary 1935 - 2010: Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park (History)". Florida State Parks. Retrieved 2010-06-15.
- "Stephen Foster CSO - Carillon". www.stephenfostercso.org. Retrieved 2020-09-06.
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