Wesley Mansion - Eden Gardens State Park

In these times, when on an almost daily basis we are assaulted by the greed and corruption in our financial, corporate and political worlds, isn't it a breath of clean fresh air when we encounter corporate citizens who are the epitome of what is right and good in America!

The Friends of Eden Gardens State Park have three prime examples of three such corporate entities, Benjamin Moore & Co., Frank's Cash and Carry and Martin Properties of NW Florida Inc.

[In] December [2007] at the Friends of Eden Christmas party, William Schissler of Frank's Cash and Carry brought his friend and Benjamin Moore business development representative, Jack Kennedy, to the event. Jack was so impressed with the park grounds and the Wesley Mansion he immediately made the connection with his paint products and the needs the FOE have in maintaining the stately home. He made the commitment that night to convince his employer to donate the paint products to paint the house, which was so badly needed at the time.

Jack was successful in this endeavor and Benjamin Moor & Co. donated 77 gallons of it's finest new paint, Aura, to refinish the exterior mansion walls, railings, columns, porches, etc. The value of these products is almost $4000. Frank's Cash and Carry was the purveyor of the paint through their store at Grayton Beach.

This work was completed by the mid October, just in time for the holiday festivities such as the FOE Christmas party on Dec 4, Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours on Dec 18 and the Open House Candlelight tour on Dec 20.

The mansion and grounds have never looked finer.

The other fortuitous association came through meeting Boyd Martin, owner of Martin Properties of NW Florida Inc.

Boyd completed the remodel of Criolla's restaurant which was designed to accommodate the offices of 30-A Resorts. Johnny Earles was extremely pleased with the finished product and the thoroughness with which it was accomplished. He was highly complimentary of Boyd's work ethic and his craftsmen.

Martin Properties was the low bidder of three local contractors interested in repairing ceilings, columns, porches and then painting the Wesley Mansion. Martin virtually provided his services without charge, except $300 gas money for his vehicle. Not only was he generous with his time, but he also brought the project to completion $2,336 under budget.

The Friends of Eden Garden State Park are sincerely grateful for the contributions of these people and their corporations in helping us maintain this treasure down by Tucker Bayou. We need more individuals and companies that share the same spirit of community and place.

-- From the Walton Sun -By Wayne Carlisle

321 Needlerush Drive - Watercolor

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92 Needlerush Drive - WaterColor

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58 Mystic Cobalt - WaterColor

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135 Buttercup - WaterColor

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125 Mystic Cobalt - WaterColor

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