Harriet Beecher Stowe

Born in 1811, Harriet Beecher Stowe was an abolitionist and a writer. In the 1860s, Stowe built a home in Mandarin, Florida where she began to spend her winters. Her book “Palmetto Leaves” describes her life along the St. Johns River. In this book, she describes the St. Johns River in loving terms:

“The entrance of the St. Johns River from the ocean is one of the most significant and impressive passages of scenery that we ever passed through.”

“On this great, beautiful river you go drifting like a feather or a cloud; while the green, fragrant shores form a constantly-varying picture as you pass.”

“The St. Johns is the grand water-highway through some of the most beautiful portions of Florida, and tourists, safely at ease on the decks of steamers, can penetrate into the mysteries and wonders of unbroken tropical forest.”

Harriet Beecher Stowe