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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, Landmarks
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Alexandria, VA
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559 reviews 559 reviews
275 attraction reviews
193 helpful votes 193 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
42 helpful votes 42 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
16 helpful votes 16 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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37 reviews 37 reviews
17 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
42 helpful votes 42 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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Cincinnati, OH
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240 reviews 240 reviews
69 attraction reviews
117 helpful votes 117 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

See what it was like in post civil war days. This old house has displays showing what life was like when Blue Springs was a big steamboat town that faded when the railroad came through.

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The Dalles, Oregon
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59 reviews 59 reviews
44 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2013

Home of the original residents of Blue Springs State Park. Lots of signs to educated about the family that pioneered this area. Simple house. Only lower floor open.

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Saint Augustine, Florida
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49 reviews 49 reviews
23 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

The Thursby House sits on the grounds of Blue Spring State Park. Admission to the park is $6 per car...it's the best $6 you will spend! The home is an added bonus. You are able to tour the downstairs and learn the history of the house and region from the displays in the rooms.

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