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State Archives of Florida
Call-Collins House at The Grove in Tallahassee.
, M87- 27, Box 13
Historic buildings--Florida--Leon County--Tallahassee
Architecture, Domestic--Florida--Leon County--Tallahassee
Two-story houses--Florida--Leon County--Tallahassee
Richard Keith Call (1792-1862) and his wife Mary Kirkman Call (1801-1836) purchased the original 640 acres of property at "The Grove" in 1825. Call, a protege of Andrew Jackson, served as Florida's first delegate to Congress and as its third and fifth territorial governor. Between 1825 and 1832, he designed and constructed The Grove's two-story Greek Revival style mansion using African-American slave labor. It remains today a place of architectural and historic distinction. After Call's death, female descendants of the Call family led The Grove through a period of resourceful and innovative ownership, using the property at various times as an art and dance studio, a silkworm farm, and a boarding house and hotel. Thomas "LeRoy" Collins (1909-1991) and Mary Call Darby Collins (1911-2009) purchased The Grove in 1940. Under their stewardship over the next seven decades, the Collins family helped to preserve The Grove, today one of Florida's oldest surviving 19th century estates. During Collins' tenure as Florida's 33rd governor (1955-1961), The Grove served as the Executive Residence while a new Governor's mansion was constructed. It was later added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1972. The family deeded The Grove to the State of Florida in 1985 for use as a historic house museum.
Accompanying note: "The Grove's antebellum mansion featured in novel by [Maurice] Thompson ...'Tallahassee Girl' was set in the historical home".
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Call-Collins House at The Grove in Tallahassee. 1965. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory. <https://www.floridamemory.com/items/show/273035>, accessed 3 February 2023.
Call-Collins House at The Grove in Tallahassee. 1965. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory. Accessed 3 Feb. 2023.<https://www.floridamemory.com/items/show/273035>