...here was a curiosity, out of time and place,
a fairytale creation.
     Tucked away on three acres off High Road is a fascinating property hidden from view. A visitor walks down a wooded path and is greeted by a majestic live oak tree shading a soft lawn. This tree, a sapling in the time of Shakespeare, keeps company with something not seen in Florida, an English Tudor-style cottage, which looks as if it comes from the pages of a child’s book of fairy tales. With a steeply gabled roof, diamond-pattern leaded glass windows and stone foundation, the cottage continues its vigil over the gardens, labyrinth and tree surrounding it.
    
The grounds are open from dawn to dusk each day and visitors are always welcome. The cottage is open for viewing many weekends though you may wish to email or check the calendar to see whether it is so beforehand. This green space is maintained by volunteer’s efforts and receives no public funding and we ask that you respect the property and its lovely oak. Please do not climb on the tree's limbs so that they may still embrace the ground in future generations. With that, we welcome you to Laura Jepsen’s home, Lichgate on High Road.

   In narrating the history of this house I am merely anticipating the explorations of that antiquary who, upon discovering relics, infers that foundations of the present are quite literally laid on the ashes of the past.   
   The foundation of this house, however, was laid on the imaginary ashes of a previous civilization. 
   Peace be with those ashes!

                                     Laura Jepsen