I went on a Flagler College Legacy tour today and was very pleasantly surprised by how fascinating and beautiful the history and grounds of Flagler College are. During the tour, you explore various sections of the former Ponce de Leon Hotel, including the gardens, dining hall, grand foyer, and ladies parlor room. The building features authentic Tiffany windows and lamps, murals by George Maynard, hand-laid title mosaics, and a tropical garden which is maintained to match the gardens that guest would have seen during Henry Flagler's days. Flagler spared no expense in building the Ponce de Leon Hotel and the building's ornate and unique beauty remains exquisite. The guided tour runs an hour long, and gives guests a chance to adequately soak in the history and splendor of the place.
In addition to enjoying the grounds, themselves, my tour guide, Joe King, proved to be very knowledgeable, personable, and funny. He conveyed information about the history of Flagler College/ the Ponce de Leon Hotel in a clear and entertaining manner, and was able to swiftly answer most of the questions poised by my group without missing a beat. All in all, a great experience.
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