A glimpse back into time

Eden Gardens State Park contains approximately 115 acres of land that was part of the historic Wesley homestead. In a setting of moss-draped live oaks, the 1895 mansion recalls a prosperous era before the virgin forests of longleaf pine and cypress were exhausted in this part of the state. The mansion, surrounded by lawns  and gardens, has been restored and furnished with remarkable antiques. A reflection pool provides a glimpse back into time as camellias and azaleas provide colorful accents in the surrounding gardens. This historic park depicts the history of the region as it evolved in response to the economic, cultural, and social conditions that shaped and defined modern Florida.  Eden Gardens State Park is in a part of Walton County dominated by Gulf Coastal Lowlands. These lowlands were formed during the Pleistocene epoch, between glacial events. As the sea levels fluctuated between ice ages,sediment was redeposited here in the form of a gently sloping plane or terrace. Tucker Bayou, part of the Choctawhatchee Bay, borders the property on the north. The park contains seven distinct natural communities in addition to the developed areas. The communities include scrubby flatwoods, mesic flatwoods, floodplain swamp, wet flatwoods, baygall, xeric hammock, and maritime hammock. Fire was a natural occurrence that historically shaped the character of the natural communities of the area. Today, the attraction of the property is the ornamental garden on the mansion’s flowing rounds.  Camellias and azaleas offer colorful accents to the scene from October through May. Enjoy the peak bloom season around mid-March.  Located in Point Washington off Hwy 98 on CR 395 -  850.231.4214

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