An unlikely, for Florida brown, Tudor-style fairy tale dwelling, Lichgate Cottage, sits snug by a big brown tree in North Florida. This is the hand-built haven 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 create hand-built, artisan-carted cottage on the 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. It is also detailed in the out-of-print history, LICHGATE ON HIGH ROAD, created by Laura Jepsen.

Volunteers who interpreted & preserved the Lichgate Cottage & the Lichgate Oak, created The Laura Jepsen Institute. They celebrate the life of Laura Pauline Jepsen.

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.

An enrolled

member of the Live Oak Society,

Lichgate Oak keeps

company with the

hand-crafted cottage.

Master nature artist

Stephen Malkoff/arboresque

found his way to the tree

& decided to create a

portrait in stunning detail.

A one-act play

under the spreading boughs

of Lighgate Oak,


about Miss

Jepsen, performed by the

accomplished actress

Barbara Speisman (co-author

of the play) interpreted Miss

Jepson’s magical creation.

Volunteers worked to have the three-acre

Lichgate on High Road property,

which includes the unique

canine cottage

in the style of the original

historic building,

elevated to the

National Register of Historic Places.

The work of past volunteer executive

director Jody Taylor is especially

appreciated, along with historian

Bob Stone.

Other interpretative efforts

are creatively underway.

This urban eden,

with grandmother live oak tree,

fairy tale cottage,

vegetable garden

& flower garden &

more enchantment

is yours to discover & to

protect, in Tallahassee,



Gardens & More

A visit from Atlas Obscura to Lichgate.

Lichgate Labyrinth

Lichgate offers, tucked away in a quiet corner, a series of circles to walk in contemplation.

For more information on labyrinths worldwide visit Veriditas or

The Labyrinth Society