Oral history interview with Barbara Mayo Stansbury at the Pine Castle Historical Society’s Second Annual “BBQ, Beer and Bluegrass” event on Friday, October 6, 2017, speaking about life in Pine Castle.
We just loved growing up there. There were lakes and trees to climb. And my grandmother had a huge property that was like four lots… the lake was fabulous and we had a big wooden dock down there. And that’s all we did was swim and canoe. She had a BBQ pit down on the property with the covers and chairs and benches and tables. We ate out there about every weekend that was nice, cooking out. And orange trees – we had – you name a fruit it was on that property. There were orange, tangerines, grapefruits, avocados, persimmons, which nobody wanted to eat any of those, bananas… but then also she had chicken coops, turkeys. So we always had fresh fruit and fresh produce, meat….
Listen as Belle Isle native Barbara Mayo Stansbury recalls the joy of growing up in Belle Isle in this excerpt from an oral history interview with Mrs. Stansbury conducted at the Pine Castle Historical Society’s Second Annual BBQ, Beer and Bluegrass Event on October 6, 2017.
Interview: Barbara Mayo Stansbury
Location: Pine Castle Historical Society’s Second Annual “BBQ, Beer and Bluegrass”
Date: October 6, 2017
Interviewer: Jane Tracy
Photo of Barbara Mayo, center, with her sister on their grandmother’s property on Oak Island Road in Belle Isle, Florida, circa 1940’s.
Photo courtesy of Barbara Mayo Stansbury
Oral history interview with Barbara Mayo Stansbury at the Pine Castle Historical Society's Second Annual "BBQ, Beer and Bluegrass" event on Friday, October 6, 2017.