By Augustus Mayhew — from New York Social Diary 2009
Set amidst stands of southern pines on the shore of Honey Lake, the boathouse-cottage was built by Pansy Ireland Poe, as a day house for hunters, located east of Monticello and about a 30-minute drive from Thomasville. Here, Mrs. Poe again commissioned J. Clinton Shepherd to design the decorative art work. Shepherd created an approx. 40-foot mural along the boathouse's back wall. Nearly, sixty years later, the mural is one of Florida's mid-century aesthetic treasures.
The life-sized mural was installed in a series of nine panels on the north wall of the boathouse's lower level where boats were stored. Northwest corner paneland the northeast corner panel. The friendly two-panel alligator was painted on the west wall of the boat storage area. The center panel was in especially distressed condition.