In the 1970s a Chicago businessman by name of Arthur Appleton arrived in the Ocala area and founded the Bridlewood Farm, an 800-acre spread dedicated to breeding thoroughbreds. Down through the years, Mr. Appleton had put together a large collection of artifacts and paintings which he decided to show to the public.
Thus began the Appleton Museum in Ocala and was originally designed to show Mr. Appleton's collection exclusively. The city donated 44 plus acres and the building was completed in 1987. Down through the years, the museum's mission expanded, and today serves as a major cultural resource for all of central Florida.
You can read more about the museum and its work here.
We will be showing additional photos of the interior and the current exhibitions in the days ahead.
Regarding the above photos:
#1 - A lovely Florida sunflower near the entrance to welcome visitors.
#2 & 3 - Exterior shots of the museum's front entrance.
#4 & 5 - These photos picture the beautiful interior courtyard.