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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
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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.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureArchitectureSettlements & SettlersWar, US RevolutionaryWomen. In addition, it is included in the Daughters of the American Revolution series list.
 
Location. 30° 27.497′ N, 84° 15.436′ W. Marker is in Tallahassee, Florida, in Leon County. Marker can be reached from Miccosukee Road. 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. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1600 Miccosukee Road, Tallahassee FL 32308, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
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); The Plantation Cemetery At Betton Hill (approx. ¾ mile away); The Tallahassee Democrat (approx. 0.9 miles away); Woman's Club of Tallahassee (approx.
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1.1 miles away); Lafayette Township Grant (approx. 1.2 miles away); a different marker also named Lafayette Township Grant (approx. 1.2 miles away); Leon High School (approx. 1.4 miles away); Rutgers House/Tallahassee Garden Club Center (approx. 1½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tallahassee.
 
Also see . . .  Goodwood Museum & Gardens. (Submitted on July 26, 2013, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida.)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 26, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 26, 2013, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 727 times since then and 30 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on July 26, 2013, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
 
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Apr. 5, 2020