Tallahassee actually has two capital buildings, a new one, and a historic one.
|Nothing screams the South as much as|
Spanish moss draping the trees
|Love this pediment on the historic capitol!|
|Old capitol in front; new skyscraper capitol in back|
At first, we were disappointed because we thought the Florida Historic Capitol Museum was closed on Sunday. However, as we passed the old capitol, Bob noticed a sign in front that showed the Sunday hours as noon to 4:00 p.m. We figured when we finished our walk, we could visit the museum. Yay!
How did Tallahassee become the state capital? The first two territorial legislatures were held in Pensacola and St. Augustine. The 400-mile distance between the two was fraught with danger, so Tallahassee, being in the middle, was chosen as the capital.
Our walk took us around to the other side of the new state capitol where there is a big dolphin sculpture.
|Another beautiful sculpture installation is at the|
Museum of Florida History--State Library & Archives
Within a few blocks, we were at Florida State University. The Florida State University campus is the oldest continuously used site of higher education in the state of Florida. It first started as two state seminaries in 1851.
As mentioned in yesterday's blog, FSU's graduation is this weekend. We saw lots of graduates and their families taking photos all around the campus.
Whoever chose the route for this Volksmarch was very familiar with the FSU campus. Our route took us past sororities and fraternities. Most of the sororities we passed had designs painted on the sidewalks in front of their buildings.
We were so impressed with all the jasmine in bloom. The air was filled with the wonderful fragrance!
|Jasmine was in bloom all over Tallahassee|
More sports complexes we passed included Dick Howser Baseball Field, Tully Volleyball Gym, and Scott Spelcher Tennis Center. The walk then took us on the promenade between a number of classroom buildings
|Part of the "Integration Sculpture"|
|Westcott Hall - Ruby Diamond Auditorium|
After FSU, our walk took us into downtown and we passed the Florida State Capitol History Museum again. This time it was open. We went in to cool off, use the restrooms, and see the old state capitol and museum. An hour went by as we perused the displays.
|Stained glass dome - redone as best they could|
using colors from glass fragments found on the site
|Dome in the ceiling|
|"Seminole Warrior," by David Yorke|
|Fountain in Cascades Park|
|Artwork under a railroad overpass|
|We couldn't have asked for a prettier day.|
|Waterfall in Cascades park|
|Nice venue for outdoor concerts!|
|Korean War Memorial|
The houses were "shotgun style," meaning their long, narrow floor plan had the front door and back door lined up so you could see straight through the house when the doors were open. This floor plan allowed fresh air to flow through the house.
|Layout of a typical spirit house|
|Didn't get to see much of Mission San Luis|
|Mission San Luis Visitor Center door|
Guess we have more to see if we get back to Tallahassee!