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In preparation for an upcoming exhibit, the Main House will be closed Thursday, October 16th, for tours.
Goodwood Invites the Community to a Hunting Party
Hunting season has begun in the region and to celebrate Goodwood Museum & Gardens is having an exhibit of vintage hunt clothes, a hunt picnic and a fashion show featuring the latest hunt season attire and fashions and accessories for partying afterward.
Goodwood was purchased in 1911 by Fanny Tiers, a wealthy widow from New Jersey who was related to the Fleischmanns, then owners of Waverly Plantation, now the Waverly Hills subdivision. Tiers renovated the main house with modern plumbing and lighting and added other buildings and amenities on the property to entertain her guests during hunting season. This is the Goodwood you see today, although the property no longer has the many acres of open piney woods so suited for quail. Like the other hunting plantation owners from the north, Tiers journeyed to the region for the hunting season from early November to early March.
Lucie Reynolds, a graduate student from the University of Georgia who is doing research on hunting fashions, has provided a timeline for the Hunting Party exhibit that shows the dates of the assemblage of the hunting plantations in north Florida and South Georgia and the influences on hunting clothes from the late nineteenth and early twentieth to the present. Reynolds’ research found that influences on hunt fashion included: English sporting attire, venomous snakes (high boots) and briars; Stafford’s of Thomasville, Georgia developed canvas briar pants in the 1940s, still popular today. Later came blaze orange vests and caps for safety, Gore-tex, and synthetic fleece. As the hunting “look” became popular, catalog retailers like Cabelas, LL Bean, Orvis, and locally Kevin’s Fine Outdoor Gear and Apparel started marketing hunt fashions to the non-hunting populace.
The Hunting Party exhibit in the main house opens, Friday, Oct. 17 depicts the hunting parties of the Tiers era. On display will be clothes from the first part of the twentieth century loaned by area plantation owners who cleaned out closets, and from museums who shared clothes from their collections. One thing the clothes have in common -- they are well made, if a little moth eaten. The exhibit continues through Dec. 31.
The party continues Sunday, Oct. 26 with at hunt picnic on the front lawn of Goodwood’s main house. The picnic is from 11 AM – 2 PM. A picnic lunch, natural history exhibits, hunting retriever dog demonstrations, a traditional hunt wagon will be on display and the Greater Red Hills Awareness Initiative, a consortium of local conservation groups, will be on hand to share why our region is so special and why it’s important to protect it. Admission is $20 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under, and free for children 2 and under.
The party ends Wednesday, Nov, 5, from 6-8 PM with a Hunt Season Fashion Show in the Carriage House. The latest in hunt fashions from Kevin’s will be shown as will casually elegant fashions from Worth New York and party fashions from Narcissus. Chic Verte will showcase jewelry and accessories inspired by nature. Cocktails and hors‘d oeuvres will be served. Admission is $35 for Goodwood members and $40 for non-members. Admission includes a special tour of the main house Hunting Party exhibit.
Main House Museum Tour Times:
Tuesday-Friday at 10:00am, 11:30am, 1:00pm, and 2:30pm
Saturdays at 10:00am, 11:30am, and 1:00pm
Reservations for tours are not required. However, we suggest that guests call ahead before coming out for a tour.
We rely on volunteers to give our house tours; unfortunately, there are times when we do not have docents available.
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Visitor's Center upon entering the property.**
Goodwood Museum is located at
1600 Miccosukee Rd Tallahassee, FL 32308
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A MIDTOWN HEIRLOOM
Walk around Goodwood Museum and Gardens and you’ll get a sense of Old Florida charm and splendor. Once the centerpiece of a 2,400-acre plantation, the main house has been restored. All furnishings are original to the house, and the plants and flowers outside also are “heirloom” – none are used that appeared after 1929. With majestic oaks, sprawling lawns and a breezy front porch, it remains a popular place for antique shows, lectures, demonstrations, holiday events and live music.
-Tallahassee Magazine, The Insider's Guide to the 100 Places, People, Events & Things that make Tallahassee Living Unique
Goodwood Museum & Gardens is looking for volunteer docents! Docents are responsible for giving tours of our Main House during the week. If interested, please contact Beth Lewis, Executive Director, at 877-4202 ext. 232 or email: email@example.com. Without docents, we can't give tours! We would appreciate any help you can give.