Visit to Astor, FL
|Drawbridge over St. Johns River|
Located on the west side of the St. Johns River between Lake George and Lake Dexter, with a population of under 2,000. In 1874, William Backhouse Astor, Jr. from New York's wealthy Astor family purchased over 12,000 acres, and established a town he called Manhattan. New settlers arrived by steamboat to the town which consisted of a church, schoolhouse, botanical garden, and free cemetery. William Astor also built a hotel, saw mill, and eventually a railroad. Over the next twenty years Astor saw his town grow, but the Manhattan name never caught on. When William Astor died in 1892, the town was officially renamed Astor in his honor.Astor is directly off of SR40, the Florida Black Bear Scenic Byway. There is hiking and biking, boating and fishing, and sightseeing. We ate lunch at the Blackwater Inn on the river but opted for the inside view to beat the heat.
|Our view through the window screen|
|Our waitress was very nice - entertaining, but nice!|
|Good lunch company|
I don't know if Astor is famous for yard art, but they should be... there are two huge shops along the road with very unique "art". There's also a Pioneer village that I'd like to visit one day, when the temperature is under 100 degrees! So, if you need a life-size bear, or a 10' pink rooster, or a 15' T-Rex for your yard, let me know... I can hook you up!
|T-rex, notice the people for scale. Taken through the car window|