Thursday, March 9, 2017
This beautiful old Federal style house sits in the Calhoun Street Historic District near downtown and was built in 1844. It was acquired in 1881 by Mary Bloxham, the wife of Governor William Dunnington Bloxham, who served as Florida's governor for two terms (1881-1885 and 1897-1901). Governor Bloxham owned a plantation west of Tallahassee, but used this house as a town residence. When he died, his second wife became the owner and sold it in 1913. It had a few other owners through the years and had several uses including as a rooming house and a hotel. In 1977, it was purchased by the Florida Heritage Foundation with plans to restore it. The Foundation was unable to raise the funds and it was sold to one of its members, Frances Cushing Ervin, who was then able to restore it to its original style. You can see a photo of this house taken in the early 20th century with former Governor Bloxham standing on the porch with two ladies here.
Linking to Fences Around the World.