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Address: Blue Spring State Park, Orange City, FL

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Step Back in Time

An interesting and educational overview of the days when steamboats were the way to travel and citrus was the currency. It's a brief stop while out enjoying Blue Springs State... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
Jacquelyn L
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DeLand, Florida, United States
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Richardson, Texas
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288 reviews 288 reviews
70 attraction reviews
134 helpful votes 134 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

The Thursby house is located within the Blue Spring State Park. A large house nestled amongst large trees is a incredible site. The history and general preservation of the site is good. What I found disappointing was that the 4 main rooms you had access to had very redundant information, and really didn't give much access to the house. There... More 

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Rogers, Arkansas
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63 reviews 63 reviews
26 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

If you are in the Blue Springs State Park, this house is there and you can do walk through just to see some of the history of the era of steamboats. Not a lot of furnishings but a lot of history for the time period. Beautiful view and setting. There is no additional fee to tour the house.

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DeLand, Florida, United States
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26 reviews 26 reviews
14 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

An interesting and educational overview of the days when steamboats were the way to travel and citrus was the currency. It's a brief stop while out enjoying Blue Springs State Park.

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Cape Canaveral
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98 reviews 98 reviews
47 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

I guess I thought it was better preserved and had more furnishings of the time. Fine to just walk through but not very exciting. At least you can sit on the rockers on the front porch.

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Springfield, Massachusetts
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

This house is located on the grounds of Blue Springs Park. It is an old home built many years ago in1872 and though it is interesting there is very little furniture. The kitchen is equipped and the tour is self guided. If you are there to see the manatees stop in to see it but do not make a special... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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174 reviews 174 reviews
61 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

As someone else noted, you are likely already in the park to see the manatees or to take advantage of the camping, so why not take a look at the house. You can take a quick walk-through of the main floor and placards in place give you a good history of the house and its past inhabitants. Not worth specifically... More 

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East Point, Georgia
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51 reviews 51 reviews
20 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

A historical home at Blue Spring State Park. Self guided tour with interesting information available. Since a lot of children come to the Spring to see manatees, this is a good chance for them to see some history, too.

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Saint Cloud, Florida
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34 reviews 34 reviews
18 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

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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131 reviews 131 reviews
44 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 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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181 reviews 181 reviews
35 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 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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