FLORIDA NOSTALGIA

September 13, 2020

We know many of you are limiting travel during these uncertain times.  Although we continue to feature trips and places to visit, we are not encouraging you to visit them until it is safe.  We want to support Florida's attractions and businesses during this situation, and hope you will plan to visit them when things get better.  In the meantime, enjoy them virtually from the comfort of your home. 

Florida Nostalgia is all about the memories of Florida the way it used to be, especially within our own lifetime. The older you are, the more memories you have.

The rapid growth of the state has left many people - especially natives and long time residents - feeling lost and bewildered.

Washing a 1937 Packard in FloridaWashing a 1937 Packard in Florida

Many memories of old Florida places and times trigger our sense of nostalgia.  Many times we look back longingly at the way things used to be. 

Florida has grown so quickly in our lifetimes, that we take comfort in remembering these things.

The collection of images, postcards, stories, history, and culture on this website try to take us back to a simpler time. 


FLORIDA NOSTALGIA FOR YOU TO ENJOY


Florida Authors.  Learn about writers and how they saw the Florida of their time and place.

Carl HiassenCarl Hiassen
John D. MacDonaldJohn D. MacDonald
Randy Wayne WhiteRandy Wayne White
Stetson KennedyStetson Kennedy

Florida Vintage Maps is a collection of maps, including road maps, that show you the way the state was from the very earliest times up until now.


Florida Vintage Postcards capture earlier times and places that are a colorful way to help you enjoy the past.  Some you will remember.


Alligator Border Postcards of Key West
Very rare postcards that show scenes of Key West in the early 1900s.


Florida Citrus Labels are works of art and give you a glimpse into the colorful history of citrus in our state.


NOSTALGIA FOR PLACES THAT REMAIN ONLY IN MEMORY



Mathers Bridge Restaurant
Memories of a favorite Merritt Island waterfront treasure that was demolished in 1992.


Pier 66 in Fort Lauderdale
A favorite spot for a drink was the rotating lounge on top of this Fort Lauderdale landmark.  What a fantastic view it was!


Siple's Garden Seat Inn
A Clearwater tradition for 70 years that was voted No. 1 restaurant in Florida 10 times by Florida Trend Magazin.  Closed in 1990.


Branch Ranch Dining Room
This was a traditional old farmhouse restaurant in Plant City that delighted diners for 50 years until closing in 2006.


Old Wabasso Bridge
A historic bridge across the Indian River north of Vero Beach was dismantled and is in use today at Walt Disney World.


Gary's Duck Inn
For almost 50 years this Orlando restaurant was a favorite for locals and tourists.  It became the inspiration for the Red Lobster chain.


Horne's Restaurants and Motor Lodges
The chain was once a common sight along Florida roadways.  The yellow roof was their distinctive feature.


Howard Johnson's
This popular restaurant and hotel chain was once almost everywhere you'd travel in Florida.  Now they are sadly lost to history.


Lum's Restaurants
This chain started in Miami Beach and grew to 500 stores.  Now all that remains is the memory of its beer steamed hot dogs.


Kapok Tree
This unusual restaurant in Clearwater was one of the most popular destinations in Florida. It operated from 1958 to 1991.


Doc Webb and Webb's City
This St. Petersburg store was like a Walmart before there was a Walmart. It was also a popular tourist attraction from 1925-1979.


Christo and the Surrounded Islands
A floating work of art on Miami's Biscayne Bay may have been a turning point in the city's turbulent history.


Travis McGee
John D MacDonald is the creator of Travis McGee, an adventurer who lives on his houseboat in Fort Lauderdale and is the star of 21 best selling novels.


Florida Black Football Pioneers
It wasn't until the late 1960s that major Florida colleges began to allow black athletes on their teams. Here are some of the first.


The Galloping Ghost of Indian Lake Estates
The most famous American athlete of his time chose to live in this isolated lot sales development in the middle of nowhere.


Brevard Hotel 
This postcard shows the Brevard Hotel on the Indian River in Cocoa, Florida about 1940. It was torn down in 1999 and replaced by a modern high rise …


Chalet Suzanne 
When I first moved to Florida, my job as a civil engineer took me all over the state. When I was down in the Lake Wales area, a special treat was to have …


Mama Sagy's Pleasant View Inn 
In 1968 I was working on the foundation exploration for the new nuclear power plant. It was being built on Hutchinson Island about halfway between Fort …


Frances Langford's Outrigger Resort 
In 1969 I was working on the foundation investigation for the future St Lucie Nuclear Power Plant on Hutchinson Island. I stayed in nearby Fort Pierce …


Espanola, Florida and the Old Brick Road 
Espanola is a little old crossroads community in Flagler County about 5 miles northwest of Bunnell on County Road 13. When you get to Espanola, take …


Flavet Villages at the University of Florida 
I attended the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida from 1963 until graduation in 1966. It probably would have been too expensive for me to …


Kenansville: Henry Flagler's Divorce 
Kenansville is a spot on US-441 about halfway between Yeehaw Junction and Holopaw. Most travelers whiz through without knowing anything about the history of how it got its name.


Nalcrest Florida and The Former Fedhaven
A stretch of Florida State Road 60 runs 45 lonely miles between Lake Wales and Yeehaw Junction. Lots of cattle land on both sides of the road, and few …


Lost Florida Attractions
Places that were once popular but have now faded into history.  Many of them put out of business when Walt Disney World opened in 1971. Pirate's World, Six Gun Territory, Floridaland, Marco Polo Park and many more.


Florida Backroads Travel Videos
These short 1 to 2 minute videos give you an entertaining preview of what our website is all about.


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