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Tallahassee, As Far Back As I Can Remember

Posted in Debbie Kirkland, History, Tallahassee with tags , , , , , , , on June 23, 2009 by realtordebbie
Silver Slipper

Silver Slipper

Tallahassee, FL

Back in My Day!

You know you are getting old when you can remember places from your childhood that are pictured in black and white photos…..before black and white photography was “artistic.”

I’m a native of Tallahassee and people always seem amazed at that. Although I have traveled quite a bit, I always seem to be drawn back “home.” I have a history here, my famly has a history here. I’ve decided to post a few blogs about those folks.

I’ve got quite a few vivid memories, and I remember them because outings were a treat! We lived in “the country”, and a trip to town meant a “black cow” at Mutt and Jeff’s diner, or a hamburger at the very first McDonald’sMcDonalds-TennesseeSt1961 in town (right near FSU – tell me they didn’t have marketing figured out even back then!).  After dinner.. we’d cross the street to a stand-alone, walk-up  ice-cream stand called the “Dairy Queen,” (guess that answers the question about which came first, the king or the queen!), or perhaps we’d stop for a donut at the first Krispy Kreme. The drive up, or drive in was all the rage back in my early years!

Tallahassee Drive-In -4 Points

Tallahassee Drive-In -4 Points

Movies were a real treat, and most native Tallahasseans remember the drive-in-movies on the “Jacksonville” highway (Apalachee Parkway). They were of course begun just after  dark.. so my parents always made sure we were dressed for bed. They brought blankets and pillows and put us on top of the station wagon to watch the show.  I’m sure it was just easier for packing us in the back of the wagon after the show.

Yep, I’m trying to get my parents into blogging.. writing some of their memories down now before they are gone.  I’m a third generation Tallahassee, Florida native, and I am missing some details that my grandparents took with them as they left for a better place. I’m sure there are many I have missed.

Listening to my grandparents talk when i was a teen might not have been the most exciting thing in the world, but I was always intrigued and I do remember some of the stories passed down to me as a child. I liked sitting at my grandmother’s table at lunch hearing them again and again. She taught elementary school at Sealey Elementary, and seemed to know half the town.. from childhood on into adulthood!

I’ll try to write a few down in the next few blogs.  One storyI do remember: I know that my great-grandfather used to walk to work. He walked over 4 miles actually, along Apalachee Parkway. Now a 4 lane highway, at the time was a narrow 2 lane road, dirt and he lived off Midyette Road. Now a 5 min. drive to the Capitol, but then an hour long walk, one way! Rumor has it he made it all the way to the capitol every day and left work early enough to sit on a lady friend’s front porch downtown near now  historic Leon High school. I’m not sure what kind of “lady-friend” it was, but my dad made sure to go “around” the house so my mom wouldn’t see him there! He was however killed as he walked home along the highway just yards from his home by a dump truck.

There are many stories,.. will have to pull out the photos and continue later, and if you have some you’d like to share, just drop me a line!

Appalachee Parkway

Apalachee Parkway

Tallahassee has something for everyone! History and Recreation!

Posted in Debbie Kirkland, History, Realtor, recreation, Tallahassee, Things to Do with tags , , , on November 25, 2008 by realtordebbie

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Tallahassee has something for everyone! Debbie Kirkland, Realtor®, Sharing a little history of her home town… a little fun and few facts. Some great things to do in Tallahassee!

 

Mary Brogan Museum of Art and Science

http://www.thebrogan.org/

 

National High Magnetic Field Laboratory   

 http://www.magnet.fsu.edu/about/tallahassee.html

 

Florida State University Planetarium

http://astro.uncfsu.edu/planetarium/

 

 

Tallahassee Museum

http://www.tallahasseemuseum.org/index.php

 

Gulf Marine Life Specimen Lab

http://www.wakullacounty.org/wakulla-27.htm

 

Florida Museum of Natural History

http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/

 

Mission San Luis

http://www.missionsanluis.org/

 

St. Marks Wildlife Refuge

http://www.wakullacounty.org/wakulla-9.htm

 

Greenways, Trails, River Excursions in the Panhandle Region

http://www.dep.state.fl.us/gwt/guide/regions/panhandleeast/panhandle_east.htm

 

Alfred B. Maclay State Park

http://www.floridastateparks.org/maclaygardens/

 

Tallahassee Skate Park

http://www.talgov.com/parks/skatepark.cfm

 

Recreation and Leisure, Community Parks, Sports, Special Events, Senior Activities

http://www.talgov.com/residents/recleis.cfm

 

Tallahassee is a great place to live and work. As much as I travel, it is always good to come home to the canopy roads, the green pastures and rolling hills of the city. Short jaunts to the coast, to the rivers or across the border into Georgia are great day trips. Downtown Tallahassee offers excellent dining and  cultural activities as well.  It truly is one of America’s best places to live!

 

 

Again.. welcome to Tallahassee,…

 you will never run out of things to do here!

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