Nestled away between the Atlantic Ocean and the Matanzas River is a historic treasure that preserves 425 acres of Florida’s scenery. Twenty-one acres were designated on the National Register of Historic Places in September of 2009. Washington Oaks was once the winter retreat of Owen D. Young; founder of RCA Corporation, and his wife, Louise. Mrs. Young donated the property to the State of Florida to be maintained and used for the enjoyment of the public. There are several historic structures, including the Young’s home along the river, citrus groves, and a formal garden. Fishing and picnicking are popular on the river side of the park. Bird watching, beachcombing and sunbathing are popular on the ocean side of the park – take notice of the coquina rock formations on beach. Washington Oaks is a great place to find a piece of old Florida and enjoy a glimpse into the past.
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