Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Dora (Mount) /Donnely House #Blogboost #AtoZChallenge

Did you know there are mountains in Florida? The city of Mt. Dora, Florida is tongue-in-cheek when it comes to their name.

Not too many people can say that a place that is 177 feet above sea level is a "Mount". (I'll blog more about Mt. Dora in my "Q" post.) But Florida is not "most places".  Floridais well known for its flatness - but that isn't quite true.

You can't get much more Old Florida than a house built in 1893.

The Donnely House is not open to the public, but if you pass it by, you may well be invited to drink some free iced tea, take a picture, and stay a spell.
A stained glass window.
The front parlor.
This home is currently owned by a Masonic Lodge and is not open to the public, except for the part I am showing you, which serves as an unofficial welcome center to the city of Mt. Dora.

The Donnelly House was placed on the National Historic Register on April 4, 1975 - 43 years ago today.

Mt. Dora is a city worth visiting just for its ...well, you'll see when I get to "Q". It is full of artisans, and the most interesting people and shops.

I must also, sadly, add to day that we in the United States commemorate another sad day in United States history- the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., an event that changed the course of our history and affected, in some way, millions of lives.

Day four of the Ultimate Blog Challenge #blogboost, and "D" day of #AtoZChallenge.  My theme:  "Florida Outside the Theme Parks".


  1. Beautiful old house. I love the stained glass.

  2. Lovely. I remember exactly where I was 50 years ago today.

  3. I Love old houses! My current home was built in the 1880s. My prior house had a similar stained glass window as the one you shared!


  4. Interesting old house. Looks like a gothic story could be written about it.
    I live in a flat country that has a few hills to the south.

  5. I'm guessing if you are a Mason, you might get a better tour. (Not that this would draw me to Florida.)

  6. What a lovely house, so glad it is registered and being cared for. Liking forward to ‘Q’ for more!!

  7. Wow, that is one amazing house. I'd love to see it (well, as much as can be seen). I've never been in Florida, except for the airport as I was traveling through on my way south. I'd like to visit Mt. Dora, with camera in hand.

  8. I love older homes like this. There is so much history. This one looks like a beauty. I would love to tour it. Thanks for sharing!

    Bren @ A Splash of Cray

  9. Thanks for your photos and for you mention of MLK. Beth

  10. I guess a state takes its "mounts" where it can...

  11. I love to view photos like these ones. Thank you so much for sharing! I guess we don't have any older stately homes in our country that's why. Our country is fairly new so all the houses I've lived in are recently built ones.

  12. I grew up in the northern eastern wetlands of Indiana -- very flat. BUT not as flat as Florida. I know know real mountains, having lived in Tucson, situated in a basin between four mountain ranges. Anyway... I love house and tiny museums and this is almost that!

  13. Dora's Donnley house a-mounts to a style of architecture that is one of my favorites. I'd gladly mount those steps for a look inside. Full of artisans...that gets my attention, too.
    Sue at CollectInTexas Gal

  14. Stained glass window is a rarity and it is looking so beautiful. Being a civil engineer, I so love the elevation of that beautiful bungalow.

  15. Alana,

    What a gorgeous Victorian home! Yeah 177 ft isn't much of a 'mount but for Floridians then I'm sure it is which I think is kinda cute. :) Thanks for sharing and happy A2Zing!

    A2Z iPad Art Sketch ‘Dolphin’


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