My father, former Governor and US Senator, "Walkin" Lawton Chiles, loved to spend time at Jubilee Orchards. At Jubilee, he could walk in the woods without his security detail, to think and enjoy God's creation. It was a place where he retreated often, to reflect and recharge.
He considered himself, as a fifth generation Floridian, a true "Florida Cracker." And he developed a wonderful Cracker Homestead consisting of a smokehouse, an 1824 North Florida log cabin, and his famous log cook shack.
Many pleasant evenings have been spent here enjoying wild game dinners and good whiskey. As a child, I remember the turkey hunters gathering here a few times a year for a special dinner and to raise funds for youth nature and wildlife programs. There was always talk of bird dogs, and deer and turkey lessons and stories, and, especially, the characters that made up Florida political history.
Our family is very proud of the legacy of this land. We learned at an early age to respect and love and preserve nature. To enjoy the woods and swamps and cypress heads of this beautiful land and to share this joy with our friends and our community is our passion.
Today, Jubilee Orchards continues this tradition. As we reflect on the memories made here with my Mom and Dad, we are reminded of the new memories being created by each family that comes to visit Jubilee Orchards. We were thrilled to have over 6,000 folks come out to Jubilee this past Spring and enjoy picking our blueberries and spending quality time outdoors with their own families. Thank you for being part of our family tradition!