This state park holds the Gregory House. A mansion built in 1849, the Gregory House was owned by a planter named Jason Gregory. The Civil War brought an end to the house's run, however. Jason Gregory moved during the war, therefore the house had no one to take care of it causing it to deteriorate. Torreya State Park renovated the house in the 1930s.
This park was the home of 200 Confederate
soldiers during the Civil War and has rich Floridian history imbedded into the
grounds of Torreya. There are Confederate history all around the park. For
example, there is a Confederate barracks and bridges used by soldiers during
the Civil War. This park is also one of the first national parks of Florida open
to the public in 1935. The Gregory House shows that slavery played a big part
in Floridian society during the Civil War era. Almost all farmers had slaves to
tend to the land and crops. Jason Gregory was no different and had slaves when living
in the Gregory House in the mid to late 1800s. Hundreds of soldiers lived in
this park, but an interesting fact about the Florida army was that it consisted
mostly of farmers without slaves, which seems a little ironic. Because most
Union invasions of Florida were defended, Confederate soldiers in Florida had a
much different perspective of the war than the other Confederate states. They believed
the South was winning the war when in reality they were not.