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Virginia Seacrist


Virginia Seacrist first came to Florida in 1953 on a winter vacation from her home, maintained over the last 60 years, in Washington, D.C. Determined to live in "paradise," she moved to Gainesville, Florida with her young family in 1970.

Graduated from the College of William and Mary in English, with a master's degree in English Education from the University of Florida, she has written extensively about rural north Florida for the Gainesville Sun Adventures Magazine, as well as published feature articles on mental illness, sustainable housing, Oriental rugs, and family relationships. She is a former professor of English at Santa Fe Community College, Central Florida Community College, and the first community college in Caracas, Venezuela.

Virginia has traveled extensively, most recently to Hawaii, Japan, Bali, Ecuador, and the Galapagos. From her world-wide travels and retreats she gleans information on a spiritual life compatible with the natural world. Her attempt at creating Club Florida makes available her family's properties and dwellings to those who value clean water, clean air, small footprints on the land, and wildlife observation.

She has explored and written about North Florida's many parks, such as Paynes Prairie State Park, where wild horses, alligators, Great Blue Herons, and buffalo abound; historical sites and museums, such as Micanopy'sHistorical Museum, where Seminole Indian and pioneer culture are displayed; and commercial establishments, such as Williston's Devil's Den, where visitors descend fern-draped steps into an underground spring, or ride horses across acres of undeveloped North Florida. Recently she has led tours for foreign and domestic visitors to the University of Florida's Materials Engineers' Conference. Accompanying spouses attending conventions and professional meetings find her services particularly helpful.

Virginia lead the two year fight against the building of Suwannee/American cement kiln in her organization S.I.C.K., Stop Ichetucknee Cement Kiln. She remains politically active to preserve north Florida for eco tourism.

As a retired professor, Virginia continues writing and offering adventures in the real Florida.