Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Upstairs at The Grove







This week I have been showing photos of the Call-Collins House at The Grove and all of the pictures in this post were taken upstairs. The gentleman in the painting is LeRoy Collins, who served as a Florida State Senator and as Florida's 33rd Governor from 1955-1961. He was married to Mary Call Darby Collins, who was the great-granddaughter of Richard Keith Call, the man who built the Call-Collins House and who was also Florida's Territorial Governor from from 1836-1844. Governor and Mrs. Collins lived in this house during part of his term as Governor because the original Florida Governor's Mansion, located next door, was torn down and had to be rebuilt. The Collins family sold The Grove to the State of Florida in 1985, entrusting the property to the Florida Department of State and ensuring its future use as a museum. Governor Collins passed away at The Grove in 1991 and his wife died in 2009. Both are laid to rest in the family cemetery on the property. The last photo shows some memorabilia from Governor Collins career. I had the pleasure of meeting him many years ago at an event where I worked. I also have an autographed copy of his book Forerunners Courageous, a collection of short stories on Florida History.

13 comments:

Francisco Manuel Carrajola Oliveira said...

Gostei de ver.
Um abraço e continuação de boa semana.

Andarilhar
Dedais de Francisco e Idalisa
Livros-Autografados

Halcyon said...

So nicely presented.

Marleen said...

Nice wooden furniture, and I like that dark wooden floor!

Revrunner said...

Love those wood floors.

eileeninmd said...

Hello, everything looks beautiful. The wood floor is gorgeous, I would like the trunk in the corner of the second photo. Happy Wednesday, enjoy your day!

Lowell said...

Love this house and that furniture - well, most of it, especially the desk! Collins, as I recall, was a decent man. Much different than what we have today.

Aritha said...

Thank you for sharing this part of history. I love the chair near the writing table. So nice.

Sandra said...

I like the upstairs even more than the down stairs. love the furniture, and would like to have the little table for my laptop desk and the pitcher and wash bowl is wonderful...

biebkriebels said...

Rather sober interior, no curtains or carpets.

Sharon Anck said...

There are some really beautiful pieces of furniture in this area of the house.

William Kendall said...

The writing desk is what really caught my eye.

RedPat said...

I wish my place looked so tidy! ;-)

bill burke said...

The furniture is beautiful. What a lovely place to tour and thanks to you we got to see it too. Thanks for sharing Lois.