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Thursby House

Address: Blue Spring State Park, Orange City, FL
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Ranked #4 of 12 Attractions in Orange City
Type: Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
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Saint Cloud, Florida
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26 reviews 26 reviews
14 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

Nice setting with an interesting history. First floor is open with place cards and period household wares. House overlooks the Blue Springs that harbors the manatees in cold weather. No additional fee to enter after paying the $6.00 car entrance fee to the park.

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Clermont, Florida
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108 reviews 108 reviews
42 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

This is a historical home at Blue Springs State Park. It is set up to be self guided with artifacts and descriptions throughout the main level of the home. It is close by the viewing area for the manatees and there is a small playground nearby as well.

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USA
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155 reviews 155 reviews
33 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

Full access to the 1st floor of the building but no access to the upper or lower floors. This building isn't really that old but there are many people who may not have experienced anything like this so I recommend checking it out if you have the opportunity.

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Alexandria, VA
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579 reviews 579 reviews
283 attraction reviews
209 helpful votes 209 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Lewis Thursby moved to the Blue Springs area to enjoy the tranquil life of Florida. He quickly became a successful businessman by building a dock for the steamers moving cargo and tourists up and down the St. Johns River. He built a beautiful multi-story house in 1872 to accommodate his family. Set on a gentle slope rolling downward to Blue... More 

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Florida
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83 reviews 83 reviews
58 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

we walked inside the house, very nice. Overlooking the springs at Blue springs park. There were no tours the day we visited, so not sure if you could go upstairs, that would have been neat, but nice house to tour.

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South Florida, Florida
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15 reviews 15 reviews
12 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

The house is located inside the Blue Springs State Park. It was built in 1872. You can still view the wood burning stoves, kitchen area, and period furniture on display. Pass from room to room viewing the historical displays and take a trip back in time, it is not hard to see how life must have been back then. It... More 

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Trenton, New Jersey
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

not much to see but interesting artifacts and details - to imagine what times were like back when this family worked the land and the spring waterways

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Urbana, Illinois, United States
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39 reviews 39 reviews
18 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

When you park in the parking area at Blue Spring State Park you will immediately see a large white house with wrap-around porch. It's between the parking area and the Blue Spring, with an expansive grassy area in front and many enormous live oaks, dripping with Spanish moss. The house was built in 1872 by Louis Thursby. He was a... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

This home is located in Blue Springs State park. It is nice that you can not only swim and fish at this park but visit this beautiful old home on the property. The Thursby's once owned and lived on this property which is now the park. You can sit on the large front porch and just take in the the... More 

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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98 reviews 98 reviews
33 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

The bottom floor is open to the public. It offeres a brief history of the first family to live there and the land. A good starting point for background. Since it is free, nothing to complain about.

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