BACKROADS & SMALL TOWNS: HISTORIC GREEN COVE SPRINGS, FL – $84

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Date(s) - 03/19/2021 Friday

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Come Explore the “HISTORIC CITY of GREEN COVE SPRINGS” On The St. Johns River

Friday, MARCH 19, 2021

Discover the Victorian charm of this quaint town on the banks of the mile wide St. Johns River, located just West of St. Augustine and as the county seat for Clay County, it is filled with history.  Once celebrated as “The Saratoga of the South” and “Watering Hole for the Rich.” In the 1800’s many travelers journeyed by riverboat down the St. Johns River from Jacksonville to visit this 3rd magnitude spring. They stayed at grand hotels including the Qui-si-Sana and the Clarendon, which were said to rival famous hotels in New York, Philadelphia and Chicago, according to historic records and photographs documenting that time. We’ll tour the historic 1890 County Court House, now a historical museum, 1896 County Jail, and the Railway Museum in the train depot which includes railroad memorabilia, a country kitchen display and a country store display.  St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, completed in 1879 is a historic Carpenter Gothic style church located on the banks of the St. Johns River and includes stained glass windows from Colgate Studio in New York City, one of the earliest stained-glass studios in the United States. See the beautiful Green Cove Spring right in the heart of town, where over 700 years ago American Indians sought this spring for its warm healing purposes and pirates used to fill water casks.  Locally known as the “Original Fountain of Youth” it attracted guests in the 19th century; more than a dozen hotels were near the spring. Today in beautiful Spring Park, the slightly sulfur-scented spring water gushes at 3000 gallons per minute to fill an adjacent public swimming pool before flowing the short distance into the St. Johns River. We’ll also tour the Military Museum of North Florida and learn the history this city played in WWII and some of the famous folks who called Green Cove Springs home. Lunch Included at a river view restaurant with your choice of inside or outside dining.

TOUR PRICE:   $84   Checks Only     Bus Limit to 30 Guests & Masks Required

INCLUDES:   Admission to all Sightseeing Museums, A Brief History Presentation at The Spring, Water viewLunch, All Taxes, Meal Gratuities, Motorcoach with Restroom, Free WiFi, Electrical Outlets and Professional Group Tour Director.

TOUR PACE:   ★★★ Moderate Pace, Walking to Sightsee with 3 or more times on/off the bus daily

DRESS:  Cool & Casual Attire with comfortable walking shoes

CANCELLATIONS:  No Refunds once paid, unless ticket resold and Name Changes permitted, call us we may have a Waiting List. All Refunds are Future Tour Credits.