Florida Scenics Blog- The art of Sharon Osterholt

The Florida State Park Plein Air Painting Tour – Painting each of Florida's State Parks on location

Park #24 – Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

On the way to Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park, we just had to stop in town and peek in the windows of the old Adams Country Store. What a cool place, if only it was open, we might not ever have left the store! The little town is very quaint, and has a lot of old houses. Unfortunately not all of them are being kept up. We drove into the park which was decorated for the holidays. We stopped at the Museum then visited the Carillon Tower. The tower bells ring every hour with the time and while we were there Christmas Carols. I grew up down the hill from the Citrus Tower, and some of the songs were the same! Rick wanted to fish the river, so we headed down to the canoe launch. There is a gazebo and deck overlook and marble steps leading down to the river. These marble steps were made of solid blocks of marble. Certainly worthy the richest mansion! But surely nature has it’s own riches. We also saw another flood stage marker. We’ve seen these at each of the parks we have visited along the Suwannee. It is amazing to see the years water levels rose dozens of feet over your head. Down the end of the canoe launch, I thought this small little hill with palmettos and an oak tree leaning over the river would make a nice painting scene. For more information about this park visit their website

"Way Down upon the Suwannee River" plein air painting 8x10" oil on linen panel

“Way Down upon the Suwannee River” plein air painting 8×10″ oil on linen panel

One comment on “Park #24 – Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

  1. marge drew
    December 31, 2014

    Well Sharon I went back to see if I would be able to view this one now..but all that I get is this notice with every photo.. I was able to see the thumb nail images and the painting..but clicking on anything gave me this message.. Glad it did not do that tonight..

    This is somewhat embarrassing, isn’t it? It seems we can’t find what you’re looking for. Perhaps searching can help.


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