It's been super rewarding to pull Sydonie's history together. This letter belonged to Sydonie's second owner and one of Sydonie's architects, Edgar Viguer Seeler. Sadly, if we had been discovered a few years earlier, we may have been able to have the original for Sydonie's history, but this was sold at auction. Sydonie's first owners, the Laughlin's were responsible for paving all the best roads in Orange County and paying for all the churches and many public buildings including schools. They also paid for the colored wing of the hospital in Orlando. It's sad there used to exist such a division, but I'm happy to report that the Laughlin's cared enough to pay for such a wing so that proper care could be given to those in need. In this letter, you will find Booker T. Washington asking Sydonie's second owner for help with putting some colored children through school and help with a scholarship fund. Edgar was happy to come to the rescue. I'm happy to say Sydonie's former owners were very eager to help the community. This letter brought me to tears.
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