In July 0f 2017, I once again wanted a driving vacation.  I was glad to skip visits to airports.  I determined a good, long enough drive in my new car would be a great way to relax.

This year I wanted to visit our state capital in Tallahassee, Florida.  My Dad said we visited some time ago, but I do not remember.  I wanted to see the city again and also do some research on my Florida family history. 

The drive was very enjoyable and relaxing.  The drive only took 7.5 hours with a one day trip to get to my destination.  I started in South Florida and drove straight to Tallahassee.  The car handled the drive very well.

     
     
The first night in Tallahassee, I drove around the city to familiarize myself where every thing was that I planned to see.

Dinner for this trip was just using local, standard food.  No expensive dinners this trip.  I just wanted to eat casual and went for Mexican food the first night.  I didn't eat in any restaurant that I could have eaten at back home.  Might as well try something new.

The next day, I drove to the state capital to see the capitol buildings.  We have the new and the old.  I first walked over to the backside of the new capitol building that was built in 1977.
 

     
     
The new capitol building was built in 1977. 

The back of the new capitol building faces west and appears to be grand, but the front faces east.
 
     
     
Here is the view looking east on the 22nd floor of the new capitol building.  The entire twenty-second floor serves as an observation deck.    
     
     
By holding the camera above my head and angling it down, I was able to see the top of the old capitol building.  

 

     
     
Here is the view from the 22nd floor looking west.    
     
     
Here is a view from the 22nd floor looking north.  

 

       
       
Here is a view from the 22nd floor looking south.
 

 

       
       
Since my house is located south east of the capital, I aimed the camera in that direction.  I cannot see my house from this vantage point.

Aftering seeing the 22nd floor, I browsed the other floors of the new building.  I did not see anything special.  Just felt like an office building.

I went to see the old capitol building that is now a museum.
   
       
       
Here is a view from the second floor of the old capitol building looking down Apalachee Parkway.     
       
       
Looking out a back window on the second floor of the old capitol building, I could see the new capitol building in its backyard.     
       
       
A view of the grand staircase from the second floor.     
       
       
The stained glass dome of the old capitol building.   
       
       
A view toward the House of Representatives wing.

My great, great grandfather, Jacob Summerlin, Sr., served a term in the House in 1843. 

The House is on the south side of the building.
 
       
       
Looking north towards the east wing of the building is the Senate wing. 

My great, great grandfather, Jacob Summerlin, Sr., served a term in the Senate in 1845. He rode a stage coach from Alligator (now known as Lake City).  The ride took about 21 hours each way.  Supposedly Florida lost a lost of congressmen to Seminole Indian attacks and other travel accidents.

The docents are very knowledgeable and helpful.  They provided most of the information that I was looking to find.
 
       
       
The grand staircase.   
       
       
Looking up at the dome from the first floor of the old capitol building (zoomed view).   
       
       
Normal view   
       
       
The old capitol sits in front of the new capitol building.   
       
       
The new capitol building was built up against the old capitol building because they were planning on demolishing the old capitol building.  Luckily some fought to save the old building.   
       
       
View of artwork above the front porch.   
       
       
The old capitol building was restored to its 1902 design.

The old capitol building grew over the years to accomodate Florida's growth.  Since the builders were planning on demolishing the old capitol building, the new capitol building was built up against the old capitol building.  People demanded that the old capitol building be saved.

In order to provide better access to the front door of the new capitol building, the old capitol building was reduced to its 1902 design. 

Just before Florida became a U.S Territory, Florida had 3 capitals.  One was in St. Augustine, one was in Pensacola and one was in Tallahassee.  The powers to be determined that Tallahassee, being in the middle of the other two, should become the one capital city.
 
       
       
After seeing both capitol buildings, I returned to my car from the same way I arrived.  Across the street is the Florida Supreme Court.     
       
       
A visit to the 22nd floor of the new capitol building.    
       
       
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