Saturday, December 10: The Crapps Home will be on the Altrusa Tour

The lovely home that lies in the center of Heritage Park and Gardens was originally built in the mid-1930’s, by T. T. Scott, a local timber man who owned one of the last large sawmills in Suwannee County. He also owned the First National Bank in Live Oak. In 1951, he sold the property to Porter Claude Crapps, Jr. who had moved to the area after retiring from the timber business. Part of the deal included the purchase of the bank, so Mr. Crapps became a banker and investor in Suwannee County. The tour of this former home includes the history of it burning down in the 1950’s, innovative fire preventive construction during the renovation and a glimpse of the life of the Crapps family of twelve that lived here in the second half of the 20th century. There are a variety of family photos and other memorabilia on display that have been graciously donated by the family.

This beautiful estate was purchased in 2012 by the City of Live Oak with a Florida Communities Trust Grant. The Friends of Heritage Park & Gardens, a 501c3 non-profit organization leases and maintains the property. Their mission is to preserve the historic site, to promote tourism, and to provide additional recreational activities for the community. The home and gardens can be rented for private events such as weddings, reunions, corporate retreats, showers, seminars, parties and more.

The Friends of the Park hope you enjoy the beautiful holiday decorations in each room. Be sure to check out the “Thank You Signs” designating which business, service club, or group has donated their generous time and materials to bring this house to life for the holidays!