A Glimpse of Old Florida in the Neighborhood
A Journey into Palm Coast
It's easy to get caught up with the idea that much of Florida is late 20th- early 21st century sprawl - fast food chains, big box stores and national brand businesses. Some say that one place is virtually indistinguishable from another - were it not for the road signs.
Moreover, in a place that was established so recently and experienced such rapid growth, one might believe that history before this development has been forgotten and discarded.
In fact, there is still much authenticity and local character to explore and celebrate. And, for one based in Palm Cost one need not go very far to get a glimpse of what Old Florida used to be about before the rest of us showed up.
Princess Place Preserve is one such place.
What is now this preserve situated in the northern part of Flagler County was originally purchased by Henry Cutting in 1886 and passed on to his widow Angela Mills Cutting Worden, who eventually married Boris Scherbatoff, an exiled Russian prince. Angela assumed the title of princess and it was then that the once named "Cherokee Grove" came to be known as "Princess Place.
These days in addition to the history on the site, visitors can take in the environment on one of the many hiking trails, spend time fishing in the salt marshes along the Matanzas River and Pellicer Creek, or camp out under the stars.
Photo Credit: Judy Wells Source Credit: TrailsFlorida.com and FlaglerCounty.org
You TUBE CREDIT: Lee Hartley