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Address: Blue Spring State Park, Orange City, FL

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Worth a visit if you're in the park

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 15, 2015
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Calgary, Canada
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Calgary, Canada
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152 reviews 152 reviews
53 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 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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Eustis, Florida
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45 attraction reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

We walked through the Thursby House as part of our state park visit. Let's face it, the manatees were the main attraction - we certainly wouldn't have driven so far just for the house. Having said that, it was an interesting walk-through. Except for the kitchen, there is hardly any furniture in the place, but they have signs and minor... More 

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East Point, Georgia
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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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14 helpful votes 14 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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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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158 reviews 158 reviews
33 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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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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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58 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 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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20 helpful votes 20 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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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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