Floridiana and Florida Nostalgia

Floridiana is all about the memories of Florida the way it used to be.  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

Floridiana triggers 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. 


Some Floridiana and Florida Nostalgia For You To Enjoy


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

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

Vintage 1927 Florida Road MapVintage 1927 Florida Road Map

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.

Hotel Dixie Grande, BradentonHotel Dixie Grande, Bradenton

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

Mathers Bridge Restaurant, South Merritt Island, by Lloyd BehrendtMathers Bridge Restaurant, South Merritt Island, by Lloyd Behrendt

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!

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

Old Wabasso Bridge
Finds a new home at Walt Disney World

Sybil Leek
The famous witch who lived in Melbourne Beach, Florida and was the author of 60 books on witchcraft, astrology, and more.

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 sale development in the middle of nowhere.

Dining Room of the Kapok Tree in Clearwater, FloridaDining Room of the Kapok Tree in Clearwater, Florida

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

Doc Webb's Poster GirlsDoc Webb's Poster Girls

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's Surrounded IslandsChristo's Surrounded Islands

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.

Brevard Good Ole Boys 
Viera is a sprawling Brevard County planned development located between Rockledge and Melbourne on both sides of I-95. Thousands of people live in the …

Brevard Hotel, Cocoa, FloridaBrevard Hotel, Cocoa, Florida

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, Lake WalesChalet Suzanne, Lake Wales

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 …

Heartbreak Hotel, Kenansville, FloridaHeartbreak Hotel, Kenansville, Florida

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 …

Nalcrest Florida and The Former Fedhaven Florida 
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 …

Six Gun Territory, A Lost Florida AttractionSix Gun Territory, A Lost Florida Attraction

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.

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