Testify: An Oral History of Ths Spirit Of The Suwannee Music Park


The Spirit of the Suwannee Music ParkYou may not know the names Bob and Jean Cornett, but their love of music, community and drive to build a place where music itself could call home, the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park.  With the Wanee Music Festival hosted by southern rock legends The Allman Brothers, the fall funk party that is the Bear Creek Music and Arts Festival, Magnolia Festival with headliners Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson and The String Cheese Incident’s upcoming Hulaween, there are plenty of reasons to visit the park year round.  The concerts and festivals are only part of the story though, as the park is open year round to nature lovers as a oasis of tranquility, with miles of hiking trails, swimming and canoeing along the famed Suwannee river, immortalized by legendary songwriter Stephen Foster.   With dozens of cabins, a private lake and even it’s own chapel for the moments of private reflection, visitors have spent the last three decades falling in love with the park.

Testify: An Oral History of the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, is a documentary filming over the course of the next year highlighting the park’s rich history, with interviews, performances, and footage of the natural wonderland that envelops any and all who come through its gates.  As filming progresses, Honest Tune will be sharing some extended looks at the people who have built this legendary venue, starting with the Cornetts, who brought their down home Kentucky ways to the sunshine state and built a slice of heaven on the banks of the Suwannee.

The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park is open year round, with cabin rentals, electric and primitive camping, a general store, on-site arts and crafts retailers, disc and miniature golf and much, much more.  We here at Honest Tune have had the privilege to cover the many concerts and festivals that are hosted by the park, and will be bringing you fresh photos, reviews and tales of the fun to be had at the park long into the future.  But don’t just take our word for it, come visit the park yourself, and see for yourself the truth of the park’s slogan…”Music Lives Here.”