A traveling exhibit focused on the unique tourist attractions which developed following the construction of U.S. 27; an almost 500 mile highway running down the middle of the state from approximately Tallahassee to Miami. Nicknamed the “backbone of Florida,” U.S. 27 served as the state’s principal highway before the construction of I-4 and I-75; bringing visitors from the Midwest, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Georgia into Florida’s less traveled areas and it spurred the development of numerous artistic, natural, culinary, and witty delights up and down the stretch. Focusing on various destinations, existing ca. 1934 – 1970, the exhibit will display photographs, paintings, mixed media works, home-movies, signs, postcards, brochures, writings, and other memorabilia which help create a visual road-trip through bygone Florida. Some of the attractions include well known areas such as: Hotel Jacaranda, Florida Citrus tower, Cypress Gardens, Gatorama, Flagstone Motor court, Bok tower Gardens, Highlands Hammock, Chalet Suzanne, Webb’s Candy Factory, Ichetucknee Springs, and Gatorland.
June – September 2018