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Thursby House

Blue Spring State Park, Orange City, FL
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Ranked #4 of 11 attractions in Orange City
Type: Historic Sites
Most recent review
- Apr 13, 2014
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Trenton, New Jersey
17 reviews 17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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33 reviews 33 reviews
14 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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
19 reviews 19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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72 reviews 72 reviews
23 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 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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181 reviews 181 reviews
46 attraction reviews
94 helpful votes 94 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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Portland, Oregon
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53 reviews 53 reviews
40 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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45 reviews 45 reviews
19 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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Orange City, Florida, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

This is located in a state park and we went to see the manatees we had heard were there. Didn't see any but saw the house and was surprised to be able to go through and experience it. The surrounding park was beautiful and we also didn't know you could swim there. It needs to be promoted more than it... More

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Melbourne, FL
13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

The Thursby House shows a typical house of the time and if you are in the Blue Springs park, you might as well walk through. There is a good written history there which provides a backdrop for your walk along the spring.

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Deltona, Florida
4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

if like history and viewing the old florida this is a great place to visit and bring the kids.A great place to have a cookout and view the river boat traffic,very nice picnic areas.

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