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Louis XVI Furnishings in Old South Surroundings

Santa Rosa Beach, FL, United States
15 Kudos
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When Lois Maxon donated her home and its furnishings to the state of Florida in 1968, they had no idea they were getting the second largest collection in the country of Louis XVI antique furniture. The house, built in 1897 by timber baron William Henry Wesley, was purchased by Ms. Maxon, a wealthy journalist from New York, in 1963 along with ten acres of land. She redesigned portions of the house and filled it with antiques from all over the world.

Each room is a feast for the eye of period pieces and you may think you’ve stepped back in time. The rooms are just as Ms. Maxon designed them, creating both a comfortable home and a show place.

Along with guided tours of the house, visitors can enjoy the gardens which are filled with camellias, magnolias, azaleas, and ancient moss-covered live oaks. A short nature trail meanders through the woods, and a wide concrete path leads to the house.
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Culture and experiences

Eden Gardens State Park
Eden Gardens State Park
The rooms have been left much as Lois Maxon designed them.
Eden Gardens State Park
Eden Gardens State Park
The house has a priceless collection of Louis XVI furniture.

Points of interest

Eden Gardens State Park
Eden Gardens State Park
Eden Gardens State Park encompasses 181 acres along Tucker Bayou.
Eden Gardens State Park
Eden Gardens State Park
Camelias, roses, azaleas and other flowering plants bloom through the year.
Eden Gardens State Park
Eden Gardens State Park
The library is filled with antique furniture and rare books.

Special activities

Eden Gardens State Park
Eden Gardens State Park
You’ll also find outdoor art along the nature trail and down near the bayou.

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