bulow creek state park
bulow creek state park is located just north of tomoka state park on CR 4011. this 3,200 acre perserve has upland forest, hardwood swamp, and salt marsh ecosystems. there are seven miles of hiking trails through these interesting ecosystems. bulow creek state park is also home to the 400 year old fairchild oak. this live oak tree is one of the oldest in the southern united states. see the attached web site for more information.
Historic Ormond - Nathan Cobb Cottage
This cottage is at 137 Orchard Lane, which is a short pathlike road that runs parallel to the Halifax River between Riverside Drive and Halifax Drive. It is a small three room house built of timber salvaged from the Nathan Cobb shipwreck of December 5, 1896. There used to be a separate kitchen connected to the main house by a 'dog trot' of narrow porch with a shingled room, but that is now gone. Local historian Alice Strickland lived here as a young girl.
VT member TBusch wrote me to say:
"I grew up here and vividly recall most of the sites you pictured and know many of the family's whose homes you photographed, most notably the MacDonald's and Billy's Tap Room. I went to school with McSwain children, the MacDonald boys and others. However, the Cobb Cottage, holds a special place in my heart. My second grade teacher lived here in 1965 and 1966 and I visited her there often. It is as rustic and cozy inside as the outside looks. Over the mantel of the fireplace hung the piece of wood from the wrecked Nathan Cobb ship upon which was carved it's name. Story has it that the cottage was built from wood salvaged from the wreck. There is a marker in the ocean just off shore where the wreck can be seen at lowtide, like you mentioned."
In the Shadow of Daytona
When I was 16, we came to Florida and saw Daytona, but we actually spent the time at Ormond Beach which was cheaper.
When we were traveling on our boat, I noted Ormond Beach mainly as an indication that we are getting closer to Daytona where we can tied up to a marina, or anchor in the Halifax River.
In 2005, we came and stayed in a condo on Ormond Beach and toured around the area. I got to like the place very much, although it was much too cold to swim. The travelogue has the trip report, plus some photos of The Casements.