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Stephen Foster Museum

11016 Lillian Saunders Drive, White Springs, Florida 32096 USA

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“Way down upon the Suwannee Riverrrr!”

The Stephen Foster Museum honors the accomplishments of American composer Stephen Foster, and features dioramas and exhibits about his famous songs, including Old Folks at Home, more commonly known by the words of its first line as "(Way Down Upon the) Swanee River". The honor of Stephen Foster (who never visited Florida) was the idea of Josiah K. Lilly, Sr., the son of Eli Lilly, who proposed the memorial in 1931. The museum features exhibits about Foster's most famous songs and his music can be heard emanating from the park's 97-bell carillon throughout the day. In Craft Square, visitors can watch demonstrations of quilting, blacksmithing, stained glass making, and other crafts, or visit the gift shop. Hiking, bicycling, canoeing, and wildlife viewing are popular activities. Miles of trails wind through some of the most scenic areas of North Florida. For overnight stays, visitors can camp in the full-facility campground or stay in a cabin. Every Memorial Day weekend (last weekend in May), the park hosts the Florida Folk Festival. Other special events include concerts, weekend retreats, a monthly coffeehouse, a regional quilt show, and an antique tractor show. 

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February 22, 2013

Stopped by in February 2013. This would be a very nice place to camp. The dioramas in the museum are very detailed and my 2.5 year old loved watching the moving ones. It has a great big area to walk around and get out of the car. Also unique pianos are displayed here. The museum is a short stop, interesting information but not a lot of it.

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November 17, 2016
Rated 5.0

Amazing! A must visit location! Not just the museum but the whole park!

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Stephen Foster Museum

11016 Lillian Saunders Drive
White Springs, Florida
32096 USA


Closed Now
  • Sun - Sat: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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  • Wifi
  • Wheelchair Accessible
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