Edward Ball, the millionaire owner of the St. Joe Paper Company, built the lodge there in the 1937.
“What can you say about Mr. Ball? That he bought his clothes off the hanger, his eyeglasses from the dimestore, his shoes from whatever store he happened to be passing when he needed a pair… and he carried his own suitcases. He didn’t believe in indulging himself, saying that those who did “cross the creek” at an early age. And that he spent a lifetime building the largest empire in Florida during the 20th Century and by his death at age 93, he was making donations to charities at the rate of $27,000 a day or nearly $10 million a year. “ (from the lodge restaurant menu, which also includes an historic reproduction of a dinner menu from 1940 that offers kraut juice and buttermilk for just 10 cents each!)
and a soda fountain counter (with one of the largest marble slabs in the country).
Something about handling and using these old fixtures gives me comfort. I feel honored. It’s as if the lodge is saying “We saved this for you.”