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On the scrap book page this is listed as Laughlin's Coal House, March 1893. Honestly, I think it's where the current boathouse sits on Lake Minore. I think I can make out chimneys of the first house in the background. Rumor states that the Laughlin's and Hugharts brought the railroad to Zellwood. Laughlin was making rails and Hughart was laying them. They were brothers-in-law with neighboring homes on this lake. Coal would certainly have been easy to transport by rail from the North, then via boat to the plantation. The Laughlin's ran this entire plantation by coal. Their power house, rumored to have been built by Thomas Edison, was coal burning. If this is indeed Lake Minore then we are left to wonder if there was a canal or road from the Zellwood Train Station to Lake Maggiore, the lake that connected to Lake Minore historically. #mtdora #zellwood #coalhouse #lakeminore #laughlin #sydoniemansion #orangecounty #centralflorida #florida #floridahistory #oldflorida #oldphotos

In 1942, the second owner of Sydonie, a man by the name of Eugene M. Speer, found a buyer to purchase the Sydonie Plantation from him. He only owned Sydonie for a year. It was just long enough to dig up the rare plants and cut down this fifty acre pine forest. With those moves Mr. Speer made back the same price he paid for the entire plantation, just in selling the vegetation! The sale of the land then let him walk away with twice the profit. This 50 acre pine grove was Mr. Laughlin's favorite place on the property according to the writings of his children and it was cut down by Speer in 1942 when wood was a premium to aid in the war effort. This image of the Laughlin's in their pine grove was taken in March of 1893. #march1893 #1893 #floridahistory #sydoniemansion #laughlin #jamesandsydneylaughlin #centralfloridahistory #horseandcarriage #oldphotos #florida #oldflorida #mtdora

Today Sydonie had a miracle. A real friend to Sydonie and former resident found a scrap book in a remote location in Florida that contains about 10 of the earliest images of Sydonie. Don't recognize this building? It's because it's the building that is under Sydonie. This is the building that underwent a remodel and revision in 1903-04 by the famous Grosvenor Atterbury. Sydonie is factually now one of the earliest buildings still standing in the State of Florida as much of the interior of this building is still part of Sydonie. My best guess for the small building to the far right is that it was a watchtower for the guards. They circled the house all day and all night. #earlysydonieimage #sydoniemansion #zellwood #history #centralfloridahistory #centralflorida #laughlin #J&;LSteel #Steeltycoonresidence #historyreturns #restorical #March1893 #1893

Scraping the surface before you paint has taken on new meaning at Sydonie. I guess it's easy to figure out this is the North side of the building. We are not sure when the third story windows were painted last, but this invasion of army green lichen was put to an end by the efforts of one woman. #restorical #sydoniemansion #imustbecrazy #lichen #yesithinkiamcrazy #itsunsettlingimthefirsttohashtagthat #hangingoutthewindow #lichenituntohardwork

Today's project was to come up with sketches for the county for the proposed Boathouse use. Forgive my crude sketches with dollar store colored pencils, but this gives you an idea of what I'd like to see. The dream is for a covered dock, however. Let's just see if we can get approved for any of this. I'm throwing around the idea of a plexiglass floor so you can walk on top of the fish in the boathouse. Feel free to offer suggestions! #boathouse #bringingtheoldgirlback #restorical #sydoniemansion #illnevergetareturnonmyinvestment

We are in love with these farm tables! #sydoniemansion #farmtables #centralfloridaweddings #sydonieweddings

In case you were wondering just how massive those septic tanks are that we are installing, this will satisfy your curiosity. We are required to put three in with pumps and it's a state of the art system. The tank that was bequeathed us upon ownership was over a hundred years old. Although the old tank could still be sucked out, the leach filed was shot and all was on the neighboring property. This is something I will never have to tackle again in my lifetime. Well done. #primeplumbing #makingprogress #septicmadness #illnevergetareturnonmyinvestment #imustbecrazy #sydoniemansion #septictanks #restorical

Today was a historic day for the old laundry building. This hole was causing problems for decades. We patched it for now, but we hope for a new roof by spring. #restorical #nationalregisterofhistoricplaces #makingprogress #illnevergetareturnonmyinvestment #imustbecrazy #laundrybuilding #sydoniemansion #roofing

It's a big day at Sydonie! What a bill this will be! One of our biggest to date! 😩 but after this is through, Sydonie will have a certified massive, high functioning septic system. Holy 💩 crap! Since we found our only septic tank on the neighbor's property, this is a smooth move in keeping friends. We love our neighbors! Now they will love us! #sydoniemansion #bringingtheoldgirlback #holyshit #septictank #septicshock #newseptic #primeplumbing #weneeddonations #imustbecrazy #illnevergetareturnonmyinvestment #makingprogress #nationalregisterofhistoricplaces #restorical

Our local firefighters are some of our favorite neighbors. #wedding #sydonieweddings #sydoniemansion #centralfloridaweddings #firetruck #alexanderphotography #brides

This is one of the earliest known images of Sydonie's boathouse circa 1915. Today the area is loaded with trees and vegetation. Notice the detail on the original roof. A very large ( likely two story) dock is visible on the far right of the image. #boathouse #sydoniemansion #grosvenoratterbury #nationaltegisterofhistoricplaces #floridahistory

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