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Thursby House, Orange City

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Historic Site
The Thursby House located at Blue Springs State Park in Orange City, Florida was constructed in 1872. The house was once a two-story structure built from three kinds of center-cut pine that had been milled in Savannah, Ga., and transported by boat to the site.Louis P. Thursby and his family settled on the inlet to Blue Springs, on the St. Johns river in 1856. Shortly after his arrival, he constructed one of the first steamboat landings and planted one of the first orange groves on the upper St. Johns River. His first residence was a log cabin that he built.Thursby's son added a third story and kitchen wing in 1900, which is still standing today.A Cypress water tank stood near the Northeast corner of the house. The tank has recently been recently removed from its supports.The Louis P. Thursby House is a historic home in Orange City, Florida, United States. It is located inside Blue Spring State Park. On May 11, 2000, it was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.References and external links Volusia County listings at National Register of Historic Places
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  • We enjoyed the self guided tour of this old farm house. The house is well kept and easily accessible in the State park. Visitors will learn a lot about the Thursbys who once owned the house and the su...  more »
  • A chance to visit a part of Florida history you will not get very often. Very interesting in it's simplicity and utility.  more »
  • The house is not open to the public so there is nothing really interesting to see which was disappointing. However there is a brochure about its history.  more »