Ok, so who is Laura? Well, Laura Riding Jackson of course. Laura Riding Jackson(January 16, 1901 – September 2, 1991) was an American poet, critic, novelist, essayist and short story writer and she made her home here in Indian River County. In 1939 Laura Riding married Schuyler B. Jackson, eventually settling in Wabasso, Florida, where she lived quietly and simply until her death in 1991,
Perhaps this is a little known story for most of us who live here and have actually never visited her historic home. Schuyler having died in 1968. The vernacular “cracker” house in which they lived has been renovated and preserved by the Laura (Riding) Jackson Foundation.Laura and her husband even operated a citrus grove to help pay the bills for their passion of writing.
Now is the community’s chance to get to know about Laura Riding Jackson and enjoy a free tour of her historic home! The Laura Riding Jackson Foundation is throwing a “Birthday Bash” for the community to celebrate Laura’s life, home, her literary legacy and be treated to stories from people who actually knew Laura in her day.
The free community event is on Saturday, January 19 from 10am – 1pm and is being held at her historic home, which is currently on the grounds at Environmental Learning Center 255 Live Oak Drive in Vero Beach. Free birthday cake, free tours of Laura’s Florida “cracker style historic home, raffles will be part of the celebration.Enjoy the comments from our special guests and gain insight into Laura Riding Jackson as a person and be entertained with readings from Sean Sexton, the county’s first poet laureate. Sean Sexton is a third-generation resident, indeed the grandson of Waldo Sexton, who pioneered the county’s agriculture and tourism industries. Sean has gained a national reputation for depicting its landscape, life and values in his poetry.
Previously, it has been announced that the LRJ Foundation will be moving the historic home on a ten-mile journey across town from ELC to its new home at Indian River State College during 2019. The map of this historic journey will be unveiled for the first time at the “Birthday Bash.” Be among the first people in our community to learn about the timeline, route and new location.In many ways, this free community event is “A Look Backward, A Look Forward” at our community’s very own author/museum home.
About Laura (Riding) Jackson House and the Laura (Riding) Jackson Foundation
The Laura Riding Jackson house is an example of a disappearing architectural style and a symbol of a more environmentally sensitive, way of life. Constructed in 1910, it serves as a good example of Florida’s historic “cracker” style of vernacular architecture.
The mission of the Laura (Riding) Jackson Foundation is to preserve and interpret the historic home of poet Laura (Riding) Jackson and promote literary programs that nurture passion for the written word. A primary mission is to preserve the 1910 homestead of Laura (Riding) Jackson both as an example of environmentally sensitive Florida architecture and as a valued emblem of her significant contributions made in a life devoted to language and literature.
The LRJ Foundation sponsors public programs that focus on literature history and the relationship of man and environment. Among these are Teen Writers Workshops, an annual Poetry & Barbecue outdoor reading, Poetry Open Mic, an Oral History Program, Adult Writing Workshops and Retreats, guest speakers for the Emerson Center’s Special Engagement Series, as well as the Vero Beach Book Festival.
Contact: Susan McDaniel firstname.lastname@example.org 772.569.6718