We finally have some of the prints from our visit to Princess Place Preserve to share with you. Although we had written about the history of Princess Place Preserve in an earlier post, it was quite a while ago and we thought it would be nice to have this together with the pictures.
Princess Place Preserve with its rich history and 1500 pristine acres, attracts nature enthusiasts from near and far. Visitors can take in the environment on one of the many hiking trails, spend time fishing in the salt marshes along the Matanzas River and Pellicer Creek, or camp out under the stars, or take photographs. The great thing is that during the week there are very few people around. You have the whole place virtually to yourself. Great photographic opportunities.
History of Princess Place Preserve
At the confluence of Pellicer Creek and the Matanzas River, Princess Place Preserve is a Flagler County park protecting the oldest homestead in the county, Cherokee Grove. In 1791, this land grant from the King of Spain was quickly planted in orange groves.
By 1886, it passed into the hands of Henry Cutting, who constructed an Adirondack-style hunting lodge on the shores of the Matanzas River using local materials—pink coquina, cedar trunks, and cabbage palm trunks. He also built Florida’s first in-ground pool, fed by an artesian spring. Cherokee Grove became a popular stop for New England socialites. After Henry died, his widow Angela married an exiled Russian prince, Boris Scherbatoff. Angela assumed the title of princess and it was then that the once named “Cherokee Grove” came to be known as “Princess Place. Together, they lived in Cherokee Grove, entertaining royalty in a royal setting. The homestead became a park in 1993. The original lodge built by Henry Cutting stills stands as Flagler County’s oldest intact structure. Also remaining on site is Florida’s very first in-ground artesian spring fed swimming pool which has a wooden pool house. Very unique.
The above photos were all taken with the Mamiya 645 Pro, 80 mm lens, #25 Red Filter, Ilford HP5 at 200 in Xtol @ 1:1. All were printed on Oriental Seagull VCFB paper in Ethol LPD at 1:1. Split toned in sepia and selenium toners. Scanned for this post with the Epson V500 from silver gelatin prints.
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