Julia Daniels Moseley leaves behind a rich legacy including a prolific amount of writing, artwork, and personal correspondence that provide insight into the eraʼs history and give rare voice and perspective to a woman from this era.
Julia Daniels Moseleyʼs descriptive correspondence was edited into a book by granddaughter Julia Winifred Moseley. Julia Winifred was the family historian and became steward of the Timberly- the name given to the land around the homestead. Like her Grandmother before her, Julia Winifred would live her entire life here- from her birth there in 1919 to her passing 101 years later on August 9, 2020. Julia Winifred had worked tirelessly along with help from family friend the late Betty Powers Crislip to ensure that the legacy of Julia Daniels Moseley and the story of the Timberly would live on. The pair would archive and preserve the volumes of historic letters, journals, writings, and correspondence, and develop an edited book of Julia Danielsʼ writings in “Come to My Sunland: Letters of Julia Daniels Moseley from the Florida Frontier, 1882-1886.”
“ A written word is the choicest of relics. It is something at once more intimate with us and more universal than any other work of art. “
— Julia Daniels Moseley Journal Opening Page quoting Henry David Thoreau from Walden
The Moseley Homestead site was listed on the United States National Register of Historic Places in 1985 and is a landmarked historic site in Hillsborough County. It is one of the last extant examples of early Florida homesteads and vernacular residential structures set within an unspoiled lakefront hammock of oak, longleaf pine, cypress, palmetto, and upland habitat. The main home and outbuildings are filled with examples of Pre-Raphaelite artwork, primitive art and folk art, and include a number of works by Julia Daniels and Charles Scott Moseley’s artist son Karl Moseley. Karl’s vintage ink drawings were featured in a 1930s Federal Art Series that toured numerous galleries. His work shows early landscape scenes of Limona and include several rare depictions of African American life in the Limona and Tampa areas.
Moseley Family Members
Julia Daniels Moseley
Charles Scott Moseley
Isaac Preston “Pet” Daniels
Florence “Frindy” Moseley
Claude Oakley Moseley
Carl “Karl” Moseley
Hallock Preston Moseley
Julia Winifred Moseley