Sunday, April 21, 2013

Charles Deering Estate

Today I took a little trip down to Homestead and visited the Everglades Outpost and Rescue where they house all sorts of animals abandoned by idiots that bought a tiger because they thought it was cool and then realized that tigers will not be good house pets. I was surprised to find the people who ran the place to be extremely cool and knowledgeable. They even took out two 6 week old wolf cubs for us to play with. After this quick stop we went to Robert is Here for a milkshake and all the other things they sell there such as homemade jams, honey, BBQ sauces, hot sauces, mustards, salad dressing and a farmers market with all sorts of fruits and vegetables. After many recent visits here, I was demanded to get a smoothie by the tourist information lady (Listen tootz, im just asking for the time, not to buy up a fruit stand). I listened to her kind referral and got a milkshake which was the shit, you could taste the fresh fruit, it was awesome.
After our 10,000 calorie milkshake we drove over to The Deering Estate, once owned by Charles Deering (Half Brother of James Deering who owned the Vizcaya Estate). Although much less impressive than his brothers beautifully large mansion and gardens, I must admit that I felt a quaintness to this estate.
The houses are open to the public but are almost completely barren besides works of art around the houses which I couldn't understand. Im here to see the inside of some historic guys house and how they lived, not flower paintings that I can buy from Costco. This dissapointed me because Vizcaya was left the way it was when the Deering family gave it to Dade County (besides the signage all over the place). however the grounds made up for it.
Above: Looking back at the houses from the boat entrance.
Below: Looking out from the houses to the boat entrance.
One of the pathways through the lush property.

A nature path originally built by Charles Deering for guests, employees, and public. He also built a Public Dock on the other side of the property for the public to use. 





My final thoughts left me wondering why they didn't preserve the interior of the houses more. The grounds and the houses leave a lot to be desired compared to the Vizcaya estate, but hey Charles wasn't the super-wealthy one in the family-James was. However this should not deter one from visiting this Historic Dade estate.

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