Monday, September 22, 2014
The Call-Collins House stands right next door to the Florida Governor's Mansion on a piece of property known as The Grove. Built in the early 1830's by Richard Keith Call, who had been appointed as territorial governor of Florida in 1836 by President Andrew Jackson, the house has a long and rich history in Tallahassee. It even served as a temporary Governor's Mansion for a few years while LeRoy Collins was Governor of Florida in the 1950's because the old Governor's Mansion was in such disrepair that it had to be torn down and rebuilt. LeRoy Collins was married to Call's great granddaughter, Mary Call. A complete restoration and historic rehabilitation of this beautiful antebellum property by the Florida Department of State is currently in the final stages and you can read more about its fascinating history here.