Sunday, August 12 – Crowley Museum & Nature Center –
During a visit to the Myakka Conservancy Preserve, we noticed that the Crowley Museum & Nature Center was very close by. The Crowley features an observation tower and we were interested in checking out the view of the Tatum Sawgrass Marsh from the tower. Part of the longterm plans accompanying the Triangle Ranch purchase by the Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast is a plan to restore and extend the reach of the sawgrass below.
The Crowley is only open on weekends so we made plans to get there on Sunday. Christine Johnson, President of the Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast, also a Director at the Crowley, highly recommended a visit. She also suggested that we try to talk with Dixie Resnick, President/CEO of the Crowley. Dixie was filling in on Sunday, very busy with many tasks but took the time to welcome us and to explain some aspects of the museum and nature center. On our first day at the Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast, Suzanne Gregory passed us a gift of the book A Land Remembered. This historical fiction by Patrick D Smith is set in pioneer Florida. We read it, a chapter or two each day during our residency. Arriving at the Crowley brought the book to life. When we entered the small general store, we could literally hear echoes of the book’s characters. We arrived as the father of a visiting family explained to Dixie that the Crowley Homestead paralleled the one where he had grown up.