Episode 29 – How to have a Historic Road Trip along I-10 in North Florida

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What’s up this week?

Join us as we travel back in time along the Northern Part of Florida and I-10. We have taken you on a few road trips. You can find them here:


Road Trips in Florida, the A1A Jacksonville to Daytona

Florida Road Trip Series Spring Hill – Tarpon Springs

It just so happens that Florida is loaded with State parks so we do talk about them quite frequently. This road trip is no exception. Take a listen to our What to do in the Florida State Parks episode to hear a little more in-depth.

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This week’s Featured product is Bradley’s Country Store.  This place hasn’t changed much since 1927! Everywhere I travel I try to find these little country stores.  With a fantastic family history story, they make such a great stop to soak up all the “local”.  Bradley’s is no different.  Get some smoked sausage,, cornmeal, grits, meats, and cheese.  You can order online, but if you’re taking our I10 road trip, this might be worth the local time.

Oh, and this guy…

Wakulla Spring, Alligator, Florida.  Follow us:  https://www.damononroad.com
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Product and Locations Mentions

  1. Fernandina Beach – Home to the Spanish, then the French, the Spanish again, and rich history in Fernandina Beach includes the Palace Saloon, the oldest bar since 1903. 
  2. Jacksonville Beach: Free parking, a fishing pier (Closed at the moment for construction), shopping, and bars, this is an all inclusive stop on this roadtrip.
  3. Olustee Historic State Park – A reenactment is held every February.
  4. White Springs – follow the Suwannee River Wilderness Trail from White Springs all the way out to the Gulf of Mexico, 171 miles away.
  5. Ichetucknee Take a listen to our Camping in Florida episode for more details on this gem of park.
  6. Jefferson County, Monticello 
    1. Get yourself some fresh Tupelo’s Bakery and Cafe in downtown Monticello, among other eateries and shops.
    2. Jefferson County’s Heritage Roads 
    3. Monticello Opera House
    4. Cycling
    5. Antiquing
  7. Tallahassee – Visit the old Capitol building and museum.
  8. San Luis Archeological and History Site Near Tallahassee, this area is home to archaeological digging and reconstructions of the Spanish Missions of the area. 
  9. Wakulla Springs and Wakulla Lodge, about 15 miles south of Tallahassee, part of Wakulla Springs State Park. Freshwater springs are among the world’s largest and deepest.
  10. Florida Caverns State Park – Only state park in Florida with cave tours, developed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1937, north of Marianna
  11. Union Monument – Lynn Haven, thought to be the southernmost monument to the Union. Near Panama city
  12. Gulf Islands National Seashore Park
  13. PensacolaOnce the capital of the West Florida territory that eventually merged with East Florida.
    1. Part of the National Seashore
    2. Home to Fort Pickens and Fort Barrancas
    3. Pensacola has a large Naval history and the National Naval Aviation Museum is there. Home of the Blue Angels

The Retro Coffee Cup Restaurant features an old-fashioned menu and decor. Order the grits and the deep-fried French toast for a delicious start to your day.  Sit up at the counter, one-room dining room old-fashioned diner built before the end of WWII. 

Believe it or not there were about 200 people standing just a few feet behind me when I took this shot. The wind was cold and nobody was out by the water but there was some sort of event going on behind me. Looking at it, it seems peaceful but I actually remember wanting to leave from the noise.
Photo by Mason B. on Unsplash

Florida Product of the Week

This week’s Featured product is Bradley’s Country Store.  This place hasn’t changed much since 1927! Everywhere I travel I try to find these little country stores.  With a fantastic family history story, they make such a great stop to soak up all the “local”.  Bradley’s is no different.  Get some smoked sausage, cornmeal, grits, meats, and cheese.  You can order online, but if you’re taking our I10 road trip, this might be worth the local time.

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