“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Tallahassee in Leon County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)

Goodwood Mansion

(Old Croom Mansion)

Goodwood Mansion Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, April 16, 2013
1. Goodwood Mansion Marker
Inscription. The land upon which Goodwood Mansion was constructed was part of the original land grant rewarded to the Marquis de Lafayette for his service during the Revolutionary War. Hardy Croom of North Carolina, a planter and recognized naturalist, purchased this parcel of land. Upon his and his family's untimely death, in 1837, construction of the mansion was completed by his brother, Bryan Croom, in the 1840s.

Goodwood's original Italianate style was characterized by floor to ceiling windows, a cupola on the roof which admits light, air and ventilation, and a broad veranda. The home was made of locally produced brick, from Richard Shine's factory, which was scored with stucco to simulate stonework. The interior includes massive doors, 8 marble fireplaces, one of the oldest frescoed ceilings in Florida and a mahogany staircase with semicircular flights to the second floor.

Goodwood's owners included: Arvah Hopkins, Elizabeth Arrowsmith, Mrs. Alexander Tiers who remodeled the house creating its current appearance in 1911, Florida State Senator William C. Hodges and Margaret Hodges Hood. Upon Margaret's death her second husband, Thomas Hood, established the Margaret E. Wilson Foundation in her memory and the home and gardens were opened to the public in 1992 with an official opening of the main house in the spring of 2000.
Erected 2009 by Florida State Society Daughters of the American Revolution, Sue Chenault Bratton, State Regent.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Daughters of the American Revolution marker series.
Location. 30° 27.497′ N, 84° 15.436′ W. Marker is in Tallahassee, Florida, in Leon County. Marker can be reached from Miccosukee Road. Click for map. This marker is located in a parking area to the east of the mansion. When entering the grounds, bear right and drive to parking area past the café. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1600 Miccosukee Road, Tallahassee FL 32308, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Goodwood (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Plantation Cemetery At Betton Hills (approx. ¾ mile away); The Tallahassee Democrat (approx. 0.9 miles away); Woman's Club of Tallahassee (approx. 1.1 miles away); Lafayette Township Grant (approx. 1.2 miles away); Leon High School (approx. 1.4 miles away); Governor William Dunnington Bloxham House 1844 / Governor Bloxham House (approx. 1.6 miles away); De Soto Winter Encampment Site 1539~1540 (approx. 1.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Tallahassee.
Also see . . .  Goodwood Museum & Gardens. (Submitted on July 26, 2013, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida.)
Categories. Antebellum South, US
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 476 times since then and 93 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on , by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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