Live Oak, Florida: Suwannee Springs - Healing Springs Ruins (Gone)

19th century tourist resort destination with healing springs. The last hotel burned down in 1925. Some spring remnants.
Directions:
U.S. 129 between Jasper and Live Oak.
Hours:
Gone since the 1970s
Status:
Gone

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Suwannee Springs - Healing Springs Ruins

The spring walls are crumbling and the spring itself is filling up with sand, but nothing that cannot be fixed with either money or a little determination. The spring house disappeared over 30 years ago contrary, to another report, but some of the cabins are still standing. It's still a pretty spot on the river, and a good swimming hole, plus the swimming area on the river sandbar next to it.

[Evelyn Hunter, 01/01/2011]
Suwannee Springs - Healing Springs Ruins

Suwannee Springs was one of Florida's original tourist destinations. The spring house was probably established around the time of the Civil War. People came from all around the east coast to partake of the healing spring waters. From the Civil War to the 1920s the site had four hotels, a bath house, and many cottages. A special spur railroad line was established just to handle the tourist to the springs. The last hotel burned down in 1925.

Today the spring house, two cabins, and a couple out-buildings still (partly) remain. Good swimming in the springs and Suwannee River.

[janet politano nix, 07/18/2010]

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