Thursday, September 20, 2012

All In A Row - The Valentine House

Robinson Preserve Visitor Center

Robinson's Preserve is a 400 acre park with a 40 foot observation tower with views of the Gulf of Mexico,  bays and the Manatee River, plus views of 4 counties.

Kayakers can paddle the mangrove trails or out into the river. there is a 500 foot boardwalk and 10 miles of hiking/biking shell trails that connect to the beaches, waterways and marshland.



 The Valentine House is an old Victorian house and   was moved to the park by barge on the river and renovated at the cost of 350,000, and is used as the visitor center.


The preserve is a coastal ecosystem that is a bird lovers paradise and also has resident coyotes, raccoon and other wild life.
Open daily to the public from dawn to dusk. FREE of charge and





Satellite view from Google Maps.... 6. 2 miles from my front door......

32 comments:

EM Illustrator said...

Oh what a beautiful house - wouldn't mind living in one of those :) Seems to be a beautiful place. Enjoy your day!

"Auntie" sezzzzzz... said...

Oh how lovely! A perfect example of an old Southern home.

Lovely photos!

"Auntie"

From the Kitchen said...

I'd like to sit a spell on that porch.

Best,
Bonnie

Madi and Mom said...

That is a beautifully done renovation...You can tell the public appreciates it too. It is in excellent condition and surrounded by so much beauty.
Thank you for sharing and OMCs just a hop, skip and jump from you so you can go every day.
Hugs Madi and Mom

Kathy said...

That is one cool map! This house is neat too.

Maple Lane said...

What a lovely home except all I can think about is having to paint all those spindles!!!!

Mamabug said...

What a wonderful place to visit! That old house is just gorgeous.

Deb said...

now that is my dream house...perfect colors...porch...rocking chairs...and I would be 6.2 miles from the Madsnapper...even better...

Susannah said...

The house is a beauty and so well kept. Do you visit there often? I did not realize that you live that close to the ocean. Lucky you!

TexWisGirl said...

it looks gorgeous! i think i'd be hanging out on that porch with my camera!

EG CameraGirl said...

Lovely visitors' centre! And I love the word "free."

Inger said...

That's the veranda of my hubby's dreams! What a beautiful house and great place to visit.

DawnTreader said...

Looks like a nice place to visit!

Rose said...

I so love that visitor's center...I wish it was my house. Sounds like a wonderful place to go to walk and snap.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Now if I could only get a cold beverage and claim a chair on that porch,I would probably be there for the rest of the day.

Diana Cooper said...

Beautiful house. Looks like a great place to visit. Have a wonderful day!

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Love your header :)
I want a house like that. It's so pretty. Sounds like a wonderful place to visit.

Rebecca said...

What a gorgeous and well maintained place.

SweetMarie said...

Love that porch!

Ann said...

What an awesome house. I love the porch. I could live there and be very happy :)

Chatty Crone said...

I am surprised by the fact that they moved that in by barge. Very costly, but very beautiful. They upkeep it really nice too.

Laura Delegal - Leroy Photography said...

It's a beauty esp against a blue sky. Loooks like a great place to visit.

Remington said...

Beautiful! I love porches!

Kay said...

Love the front porch.

Miss Debbie said...

Such a pretty place! Definitely my kind of house!

Cheryl @ TFD said...

That is one gorgeous house! I can see myself sitting on the porch...well, not really, you know what I mean. :D

Maggie M said...

Oh,my goodness!! How I would love to have a porch like that with rockers and a swing. Beautiful house! Hugs

Betty Manousos said...

what a gorgeous house! love the front porch. thank you for the history lesson and your beautiful images.

S. Etole said...

What a wonderful spot. You do live in a fascinating area.

Dee said...

You my friends live in a awesome place. ♥

LC said...

Wow! Thanks for taking us along!

Grandma C's Place said...

What a lovely house! I wouldn't mind spending some time in one of those chairs. lol