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HERITAGE PARK AND GARDEN RULES AND FEES

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Section I: The History of Heritage Park and Gardens......................................2
Section II: Fees & Charges...4
Section III: Park Rules & Regulations6



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Section I: The History of Heritage Park and Gardens
The home that lies in the center of Heritage Park and Gardens was originally built by T. T. Scott, a
local timber man who owned of the last large sawmills in Suwannee County. He also owned the First
National Bank in Live Oak. In 1951, he sold the property to Porter Claude Crapps, Jr. who had moved to the
area after retiring from the timber business. Part of the deal included the purchase of First National Bank, so
Mr. Crapps became a banker and investor.
The original mansion was a two and a half story brick
Georgian Revival home with a semi-detached one and a
half story cottage. Being parents of eight children, Mr.
and Mrs. Crapps found the multi-roomed home ideal.
However, near tragedy struck in November, 1954, when
fire broke out in the middle of the night. All of the family
barely escaped with their lives. However, all that
remained of the house was a few walls and the adjoining
cottage.

The traumatic fire influenced the rebuilding of a fascinating, nearly fire-proof structure. The exterior
walls are solid brick, not face-brick (brick on the inside with wood on the inside) like the old structure. The
rest of the house, floors and even the inside walls, are structural steel and concrete. Firewalls are everywhere.
Even the roof is structural steel and concrete. The kitchen (where fires often begin) is tiled both on the walls
and ceiling. The gas stove has a heavy steel cover that can close over it. Interestingly, the exit from the
kitchen to the main house has a heat sensor, drop-down, steel door that automatically closes in a fire. As
another precaution, a fire hose was also located outside in front of the house. The electrical system (that can
be seen in the basement) is beefed up enough for a small factory, thus minimizing the chance of electrical
fires. So about the only thing that could burn would be wood paneling, trim and furnishings.
Security was also a concern. Exterior doors have four locks on them and all windows have keyed
locks. Even the upper bedrooms are secured with a stair-top door with multiple locks. The basement was also
a bomb shelter. The Cold War was heating up in the 50s and bomb shelters and fallout shelters were
becoming popular.
The house was very modern for its day and is not overly ornate or pretentious. There appears to be
separate drinking water faucets in each bathroom. The house is well maintained and frozen in the time of the
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50s. The main dining room has the original large dining table. Mr. Crapps desk is still in the office and the
chair has birdshot holes in it (a reminder to his sons of the dangers of fooling with loaded guns.) The living
room has an ornate porcelain chandelier. Most all the closets are lined with cedar to protect against moths and
beautiful wood paneling is found throughout the house.
The landscape surrounding the house was originally designed by renowned landscape architect Richard
Foerster who designed projects such as the Ravines State Park in Palatka, Florida. The landscape is a tribute to
the North Florida landscape and its blend of colors and textures. In working with Max Gooding and Dr. Gail
Hansen, of the University of Florida, landscape renovations to the Heritage Park landscape will honor the work
of Richard Foerster as well as provide a setting that will enhance private event venues such as outdoor weddings
and receptions, family reunions, and corporate events.
The landscape of Heritage Park and Gardens is divided into two distinct parcels, the western and eastern
parcels. The western parcel is slated for active recreation and the eastern parcel is planned for passive uses
(meetings, weddings, and other celebrations.)

Pen and ink drawing of the restored Crapps home by local artist, John Lawson (1929 2005)



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Section II: Fees & Charges - All fees and charges are subject to 7.5% State Sales Tax, and due 30 days in advance.
First Floor Rental for Meetings, up to 50 people
Weekdays,
Monday Friday
9:00am 5:00pm
$120.00 2 Hours, up to 40 people
$35.00 Each additional hour
Weekday evenings after
5:00pm
Weekends
$140.00 2 Hours
$45.00 Each additional hour
Indoor Weddings/Receptions, with use of house only, 12 50 people
Monday Thursday
9:00am 11:00pm
$350.00 Wedding/Reception with no prior day for dress rehearsal and with clean up
on day of event
Friday-Sunday
9:00am 11:00pm
$450.00 Wedding/Reception with no prior day for dress rehearsal and with clean up
on day of event
Monday Thursday
9:00am 11:00pm

$350.00
$350.00
$100.00
Multi day reservation:
Day One/Dress Rehearsal/decoration: 9am 11pm
Day Two/Wedding and Reception: 9am 11pm
Day Three/Clean up: 9am-noon
Friday-Sunday
9:00am 11:00pm

$450.00
$450.00
$100.00
Multi day reservation:
Day One/Dress Rehearsal/decoration: 9am 11pm
Day Two/Wedding and Reception: 9am 11pm
Day Three/Clean up: 9am-noon
Outdoor Weddings/Receptions with Use of House and Designated Outdoor Event Area, up to 250 people
Monday Thursday
9:00am 11:00pm
$650.00

Wedding/Reception with no prior day for dress rehearsal and with clean up
on day of event
Note: Prices will increase with upgrading of outside lighting.
Friday-Sunday
9:00am 11:00pm
$800.00

Wedding/Reception with no prior day for dress rehearsal and with clean up
on day of event
Note: Prices will increase with upgrading of outside lighting.
Monday Thursday
9:00am 11:00pm

$650.00
$650.00
$150.00

Multi day reservation:
Day One/Dress Rehearsal/decoration: 9am 11pm
Day Two/Wedding and Reception: 9am 11pm
Day Three/Clean up: 9am-noon
Note: Prices will increase with upgrading of outside lighting.
Friday-Sunday
9:00am 11:00pm

$800.00
$800.00
$150.00
Multi day reservation:
Day One/Dress Rehearsal/decoration: 9am 11pm
Day Two/Wedding and Reception: 9am 11pm
Day Three/Clean up: 9am-noon
Note: Prices will increase with upgrading of outside lighting.
Designated Outdoor Event Area Only, up to 350
Sunday Saturday
9:00 11:00 pm
$500.00
Indoor Photo Opportunities
Sunday - Saturday $100.00 First hour, upon availability
$50.00 Each additional hour, upon availability
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FEES are due 30 days prior to the event
REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT FOR ALL EVENTS - DUE AT TIME OF BOOKING (NO SALES TAX)
Deposit* is refundable after your activity as long as there are no damages or additional hours used. Notice of cancellation must be received 90 days
prior to the event for a full refund, notices received less than 90 days will forfeit the deposit, any cancellation received 2 weeks or less from the
event will result in a forfeit of all fees. All notices of cancellation must be in writing.
Make Checks Payable To: Friends of Heritage Park
127 Howard St E
Live Oak, FL 32064-3206
Deposit for Meetings, Seminars $100.00
Deposit for Single Day Reservations for Parties, Reunions, Weddings, And Other Celebrations $225
Deposit for Multi-day Reservations for Parties, Reunions, Weddings, and other Celebrations $450

*Deposit fees may be adjusted for non-profit organizations.



























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Section III: Park Rules & Regulations
Heritage Park is a public park. The grounds are open to the public seven days a week, from dawn to dusk, unless closed
for maintenance. The home in the park is available for rental, as are the grounds, for special events, Sunday - Saturday. In
order to maintain the House and Park in its pristine condition, we have set some ground rules for guests and those
employed by guests. This list is not exhaustive.
All functions are to follow the House Rules:
1. There is no smoking in the house. Smoking on the grounds is restricted to the designated area.
2. All parking must be in designated areas only. Unloading may be done from the driveway and all hired staff vehicles
should be parked in the designated parking lot.
3. Due to fire code restrictions, the upstairs is not open to the general public. The only approved access is for brides
and bridesmaids to use two rooms upstairs as dressing rooms. The groom and groomsmen will use the downstairs
bedroom/den as their dressing area.
4. The kitchen and all areas used by the party are to be cleaned at the conclusion of the function. This includes any
service or preparatory areas.
5. Professional, licensed caterers are highly recommended to assist with your food service. All caterers should come
with a full complement of staff. Heritage Park does not have staff available to assist with this.
6. Professional, licensed caterers must provide the Friends of Heritage Park and Gardens with documentation of a
Certificate of Insurance, that must include:
a. Friends of Heritage Park and Gardens of Live Oak, Florida, Inc. as an additional insured party for that
one event.
b. Insurance coverage for general liability and liquor liability (if liquor is to be served).
7. Caterers/Event hosts are expected to:
a) Provide their own supplies such as dishes, cutlery, garbage bags, detergents, paper towels, etc. There are no
serving pieces or cooking pans available at the park.
b) Use the stove and oven for warming only. They are not to be used for cooking.
c) Pick-up and remove any trash/garbage from the premises at the end of your event. Please leave the areas used
by your group clean.

d) Make sure that all guests protect the park environment:
a. Please make plans to use birdseed or bubbles for wedding celebrations, since rice has been found to be
harmful to birds. Also, please refrain from using candy, confetti, sparklers or artificial flower petals.
b. Please do not throw liquids or ice in the gardens, since various liquids can be harmful to the foliage.
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e) Any chairs rented from a rental company are to be set up by the rental company, caterer, or the rental party.
Heritage Park cannot be responsible for this service. The chairs and tables in the house or garage are not to be
moved or used outside.
8. Event times are set at the time the Park is reserved. These scheduled times should include setup, event and cleanup.
9. On occasion, we may have more than one function, on the same day; when this occurs, the caterers and guests need
to respect the following or previous party. Drop offs for the latter party will not be allowed until after the earlier
party, or may be arranged through the Reservations Clerk. Likewise, the earlier party will not be permitted to leave
any items such as rental materials in the house beyond the contracted time. As a service, the garage on the property
is available to store items, until they can be picked up. Any items left, personal or rental, will be held for no more
than two days. After two days, there will be a $25/day storage charge.
10. If a tent is used it should placed in the designated area with prior approval by the Reservations Clerk.
11. The linens required for the tables are not available at the park. Most of the tables are standard sizes making linens
easily obtained from most local rental companies. See item 21 for sizes of tables.
12. The furniture, pictures, and paintings in the Heritage Park home should not be moved, nor are they to be used as
support for any decorations requiring tape or tacks. Likewise, the walls are not to be marred with tape or tacks. The
window curtains have a pull down shade, which may be used if necessary. Please do not try to close the curtains
themselves. If there is a question regarding decorations, please contact the reservations clerk.
13. Candles are not to be used in decorations. The use of candles is restricted to wedding ceremonies, birthday cakes,
etc., where they are quickly extinguished.
14. Tiki torches may be used outdoors, please check with the Reservation Clerk for placement.
15. Alcohol use and consumption during indoor or outdoor events must comply with city ordinances.
16. Musicians will be asked to keep the volume of music at a reasonable level. All outdoor music and public address
systems must be turned off by 11 pm.
17. There are 30 parking spaces available near the house on the park property. If any additional parking is needed,
please discuss this with Reservation Clerk as soon as possible. There are 200-300 spaces available for overflow
parking. Please do not park in the circular driveway.
18. PLEASE DO NOT MAR THE STRUCTURES WITH STAPLES, TACKS OR NAILS.
19. The park will be constantly changing, new plants are being added, and new garden areas designed. Please check
with the Reservation Clerk to see what is being planned in the park near the time of your special event.

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20. Measurements you may be interested in:

1) Mantel 710 x 10
2) Four (4) 48 round tables (for indoor use only)
3) Six (6) 30x72 rectangular tables (for indoor use only)
4) 45 metal folding chairs (for indoor use only)
5) Dining Room 228 x 15
6) Living Room - 293 x 1710
7) Outdoor ballroom area 4700 sq. ft.
8) From the back patio to the arbor 218
9) Outdoor reception area - 5200 sq. ft.
10) Rear patio 11 x 32
11) Overflow parking area: 200-300 cars

21. A representative of The Friends of Heritage Park will open and close each event as well as be in attendance for all
or part of each event.