Eden Gardens State Park

The Wesley house with its elegant columns and wrap-around porch stands as the main focus of the park. Moss-draped live oaks and ornamental gardens surrounded the Antebellum styled home and inspires visions of hoop skirts and landed gentry.   This tranquil setting was home to the William Henry Wesley family and the bustling Wesley Lumber Company which included a sawmill, planer mill and dry kiln with a dock for loading barges in Tucker Bayou. Wesley, and his wife, Katie Strickland Wesley,  built their home in 1897 and lived there with their family until 1953 when his Katie passed away.  Afterwards, in 1963, it was sold along with 10.5 acres to Lois Maxon who fell in love with the house and converted it into a showplace for her family antiques and heirlooms, which includes the second largest collection of Louis the XVI antiques. She developed the grounds as ornamental gardens and in 1968, due to failing health, donated Eden Gardens to the state.

Along with the Wesley House/ Maxon Museum, activities at the site include canoeing, hiking, picnicking, fishing, flower gardens, butterfly gardens and meeting and wedding accommodations.


181 Eden Gardens Road
Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459
Phone: (850) 267-8320