Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park, White Springs

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#147 of 601 in Museums in Florida
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Situated on the banks of the legendary Suwannee River, this center honors the memory of American composer Stephen Foster, who wrote "Old Folks at Home," the song that made the river famous. The museum features exhibits about Foster's most famous songs and his music can be heard emanating from the park's 97-bell carillon throughout the day. In Craft Square, visitors can watch demonstrations of quilting, blacksmithing, stained glass making, and other crafts, or visit the gift shop. Hiking, bicycling, canoeing, and wildlife viewing are popular activities. Miles of trails wind through some of the most scenic areas of North Florida. For overnight stays, visitors can camp in the full-facility campground or stay in a cabin. Every Memorial Day weekend (last weekend in May), the park hosts the Florida Folk Festival. Other special events include concerts, weekend retreats, a monthly coffeehouse, a regional quilt show, and an antique tractor show. Located in White Springs off U.S. 41 North
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  • On holiday from England we were delighted to find this very special place. The museum and carillon tower were a delight and the volunteer we met was extremely friendly and helpful and enabled us to....  more
    On holiday from England we were delighted to find this very special place. The museum and carillon tower were a delight and the volunteer we met was extremely friendly and helpful and enabled us to....  more »
  • Folk Festival was a total waste of time, No demonstrators or crafters where there. Only groups playing music and merchants. Not at all the way it was advertised. No signage as to where things were... 
    Folk Festival was a total waste of time, No demonstrators or crafters where there. Only groups playing music and merchants. Not at all the way it was advertised. No signage as to where things were...  more »
  • Great park. Clean, quiet and relaxing. Staff friendly and helpful. Staff really cares about this park. Not far from I-75. We will be back. 
    Great park. Clean, quiet and relaxing. Staff friendly and helpful. Staff really cares about this park. Not far from I-75. We will be back.  more »
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  • We camped here for 5 days, our site was big but it was overgrown and it needs a good cleaning, the picnic table was full of dirt, spiders and other bugs and be careful when opening the electrical box, there were several bugs nests and a couple of spiders, while it's a "wild" area, it would be nice if it was cleaned up a little better. Even though it was overgrown, there were openings between sites that take away some privacy. The site was pretty leveled, I only needed to level the passenger side a little bit. Overall I think the park was great and may come back but will try to choose a better site. Good hiking areas! Kayaking! We also visited the tower and the Craft Village.
  • Great park. Our first stay here was in 2020 right at the height of the pandemic. Our second stay was yesterday and unfortunately it was only an overnight stay. One day we will be back to enjoy the park for longer than a day. It’s clean and well kept and the sites a pretty big.
  • Loved it. The craft village and gift shop were not open, but the museum was. I was lucky enough to see a very curious deer while walking one of the trails. There is a playground, camping area, beautiful cabins for rent, and I was reading about the folk music festival held at the park each year. Defintelly want to come back for that!
  • Stephen Foster has so much history. Camp sites are spacious and restrooms are very clean. Museum was closed but Carillon bell tower was open. Highly recommend fir many reasons
  • The walkway could use some repairs, beautiful view and very peaceful. Trails are maintained as well. Shady yet open. Nice trail to walk for scenery

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