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The Herlong Mansion, Historic Inn and Gardens, in Micanopy, Florida, U.S.A. It is a highly rated bed and breakfast with an interesting history (see below).
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From the herlong.com website:
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Herlong Mansion Historic Inn and Gardens has a long and interesting history that dates back to the early 1800’s. Undergoing many renovations and changes, today the mansion is a reminder of time gone by.
The original house … was originally a simple “cracker style” pine farm home built circa 1845. It was a two-story affair with a detached kitchen built by the Simonton family, one of the original settlers of Micanopy. The site of the mansion was along an Indian trading route, now known as Cholokka Boulevard.
After its construction, the pine farmhouse came into the possession of Natalie Simonton, who married Zeddy Clarence (“ZC”) Herlong in 1910. ZC was a young and prosperous entrepreneur whose lumber mills, railroad, cattle, citrus and farming operations generated the wealth necessary to remodel the once humble farm house in the grand style of the mansion today.
Together, Mr. Zetty & Mrs. Natalie Herlong created the Greek Revival Mansion over the old home to make a home for their family in the style to which they were accustomed. In 1910, the original structure was “encased within a brick classic revival imitation of a Southern colonial design.”
There are four obligatory Corinthian style columns on the front of the house that evoke a much more elegant time. The interior of the house—much of which is Arts & Crafts style—was fitted with elegant leaded-glass windows, fine wood paneling, and intricately laid floors using oak, maple, and mahogany.