A brown cottage of small size sits snug by a big brown tree.
This is the hand-built haven, Lichgate Cottage, of author & classics professor at Florida State University, Laura Jepsen, who died in 1995.
Miss Jepsen bought undeveloped land because of a single tree she couldn’t get out of her mind, once she had climbed over a barbed wire fence to get a close look at it. It became her dream to save it & live near it.
She scraped up the money to build her “fairy tale” Tudor-style cottage on that land, so she could watch over the tree.
This majestic oak with boughs that bow down to the ground is listed on a national tree register & is the subject of a landscape portrait by a noted tree artist.
Volunteers who interpret, preserve & celebrate Miss Jepsen, the Lichgate Cottage & the Lichgate Oak created The Laura Jepsen Institute.
Lichgate evokes an
Anne Hathaway cottage from England,
transported as if by magic
to Florida, USA.
Lichgate Oak bends her boughs
to the ground and sweeps them
up to the sky
to create an outdoor room.
member of the Live Oak Society,
Lichgate Oak keeps
company with the
Master nature artist
found his way to the tree
& decided to create a
portrait in stunning detail.
a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit
support group protecting
Lichgate on High Road,
is kind enough to allow
me to research & write
the story of the cottage
& its creator,
Dr. Laura Pauline Jepsen,
Two booklets are in manuscript form,
& editing awaiting.
Under the spreading boughs
of Lighgate Oak,
we have presented
a one-act play – LAURA, LIVE!,
Jepsen, performed by the
Barbara Speisman (co-author
of the play.)
We have seen the three-acre
Lichgate on High Road property,
which includes the unique
in the style of the original
elevated to the
National Register of Historic Places.
This urban eden,
with grandmother live oak tree,
fairy tale cottage,
& flower garden, the gardens
a demonstration project
of community gardeners of Damayan,
is yours to discover in Tallahassee,
The Laura Jepsen Institute
PO Box 11305
Tallahassee FL 32302
Gardens & More
Please visit the Children’s Shakespeare Garden at Lichgate.
Lichgate offers, tucked away in a quiet corner, a series of circles to walk in contemplation.
This illustration is for visual enjoyment & not our Lichgate labyrinth.
For more information on labyrinths worldwide visit Veriditas http://veriditas.org or
The Labyrinth Society http://labyrinthsociety.org
Laura Jepsen as Equal Rights Exemplar
Laura Jepsen went to court to secure her rights in equal pay. Her case was a landmark.