The Historic Home

Open on Saturdays 10:00am-1:00pm
and by appointment by calling 772.569.6718

Suggested donation $5 per person

Meet me at the Pole Barn

Let’s see if we still have what it takes
as we write our hearts out, tending verses for each other,
seeking soliloquys of sound only poets have to find--
articulating nuances, fusing syllables in kind,
for the ride of their lives,
juxtapositions never seen before.

We speak softly at first, then louder,
each verse waiting to be heard, voices canted,
in search of dialect, the truest meaning of each word.

We nod, knowing when we’ve discovered
what it is, revealed: gems yielded in the rhymes,
haiku or stanzas,
with a contemporary feel.

So, meet me at the Pole Barn,
or by the porch at Laura’s house,
we’ll read what we’ve been writing
and welcome what the muses have to say,
in this pandemic.

Pat Draper, 5/19/20

The Jackson's home was constructed around 1910 when the region was a wilderness. It is a good example of Florida's historic "cracker" style of vernacular architecture with the deep porches and large windows for cross-ventilation. The center portion of the home, made of Florida pine, is the oldest and is distinctive in its simplicity. The Jacksons added the north bedroom and bathroom and installed indoor plumbing. Until 1989, Laura lived in her home without electricity using kerosene for heat and light and propane to cook.

After her death in 1991, a group of concerned individuals created the non-profit Laura (Riding) Jackson Home Preservation Foundation to save the home as a focal point for the study of literature, history, architecture and the environment.

The Jackson home was first moved on August 9, 1994, and again on July 14, 2019 to Indian River State College’s Mueller Campus. Ongoing preservation of the home is a major goal of the Foundation. The home is open for public tours. The home is registered as a Friends of the Library USA National Literary Landmark and is listed on the Florida Literary Map.

The Laura Riding Jackson historic home
Location of the  Laura Riding Jackson house. Click for Google Map. Opens new window.

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