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Lichgate on High Road is a small park that is the original site of the cottage home of Florida State University English professor and Shakespeare expert, Laura Jepsen. Jepsen built her home after searching for the perfect site for over two years. The property includes a towering live oak tree with branches dipping low to the ground. The cottage was based on old English-style cottages and was constructed of materials collected from old homes in Vermont, with some wood panels dating over 250 years old. Jepsen worked at FSU from 1946 to 1978, and lived in the house until her death in 1995. The Laura Jepsen Institute operates the grounds and its facilities are available for rent for private weddings and celebrations. The park includes a flower garden, a volunteer-run vegetable garden, a stone labyrinth, and a few structures such as the old dog house. Clifton Van Brunt Lewis, a local civic activist, worked to helped preserve the park in the late 1990s.


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Bradley, Laura. The Story of Lichgate, Laura Jepsen and the Struggle to Continue Her Legacy. Tallahassee Magazine. September 01, 2003. Accessed April 07, 2018. http://www.tallahasseemagazine.com/September-October-2013/The-Story-of-Lichgate-Laura-Jepsen-and-the-Struggle-to-Continue-Her-Legacy/.

Lichgate on High Road. . Accessed April 07, 2018. http://www.lichgateonhighroad.org/.

Jepsen, Laura P. Lichgate on High Road. Tallahassee, FL. L. Jepsen, 1981.