Old Florida

Fall Country Jamboree

One of Florida's most unique cultural events happens every fall in the tiny Volusia County community of Barberville at the Pioneer Settlement. The two-day event showcases musicians, storytellers, crafters, artists and food vendors from across the sta...

How Do Weeki Wachee’s Mermaids Stay Underwater So Long?

The famous mermaids of Weeki Wachee Springs are the epitome of grace and elegance. They make what they do underwater look effortless. Surprisingly, the secrets behind their daily aquatic ballets haven't changed much since the classic Florida roadside...

Villa Villekulla Still Exists in Florida

If you're a child of the 80s, and lucky you if you are, perhaps you remember seeing the "blockbuster" film, The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking. The 1988 remake of the popular children's adventure book starred Tami Erin in the title role and rec...

Make Your Own Pancakes at this Florida Park

Since 1961, folks have been making their own pancakes at the Old Spanish Sugar Mill Grill and Griddle House located inside DeLeon Springs State Park. Breakfast crowds show up early to grab a seat at one of the wooden tables. The server takes your d...

Apalachicola: The Definition of Old Florida

Located in Franklin County on the Gulf Coast, “Apalach” is a picturesque reminder of Old Florida. Quaint boutiques and art galleries, stately inns, brightly painted homes and some of the nation’s best seafood restaurants line its tree-lined streets. ...

11 Great Places to Experience the Real Florida

The phrase “real Florida” is tossed around a lot, especially amongst those of us in the blogosphere. But what I’ve come to find is that everyone seems to have a different definition as to what is the “real Florida.” To some, “real Florida” means any ...

PHOTO STORY: Wood & Swink

For 78-year-old Fred Wood II, everything about the Wood & Swink Community Store and Post Office is in his blood. His father served as postmaster over four decades until retiring in 1979. Wood's wife Wilma Sue held the same post for 31 years unt...