About 60 people from the Porsche Club met at the Ace Cafe in Orlando for breakfast and drove through winding roads and around pristine lakes to arrive at Howey in the Hills, Florida. There, the “Road Tour” to benefit Special Olympics of Florida, ended at the Howey Mansion and a delightful visit of 1925 Florida grandeur being restored to its former glory.

Listed on National Registry of Historic Places, the 7,200 square foot mansion was built in 1925. Unfortunately, it endured serious neglect while vacant for nearly a decade before  its purchase by Brad and Clay Cowherd last year. Today, the brothers have made remarkable progress restoring the home and surrounding area and plan to complete the restoration before the end of year.

The Mediterranean Revival mansion was built by William J. Howey, founder of Howey-in-the-Hills. Mr. Howey was a citrus grower who purchased 60,000 acres in Lake County in 1916.  Today, the home still boasts the original light fixtures, a secret door to the basement built during the Prohibition Era, and portrait of Mr. Howey. Guests are met by a graceful curved stairwell in the center of the home. Bedrooms, a tea room for guests, the bedroom where President Calvin Coolidge is rumored to have stayed, and a private terrace are found on the second and third floors and remain inviting. A vista of the grounds, historic fountain and carriage house complete the scene of Florida life of nearly one century ago.

Guided by the new owners, skilled workers are carefully restoring and creating a perfect venue for weddings, special events and a bed and breakfast as the Howey Mansion commences a new chapter of charming guests with magnificent Florida history.

It is well worth a visit!  See the slide show below.

Weddings, Events and Tours – The Howey Mansion

1001 Citrus Avenue
Howey-in-the-Hills, FL  34737

Phone – 407-906-4918    Email – events@thehoweymansion.com

Web site – http://www.thehoweymansion.com/

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