Florida Folklife Program
Folk Heritage Awards Recipient: TOM GASKINS
TOM GASKINSPhoto by Merri Belland
TOM GASKINS (1917 - 1998) - 1988 Florida Folk Heritage Award
Tom Gaskins (Palmdale) was an “inland Cracker” who lived his entire life in Florida cypress swamps. His knowledge of cypress knees and swamp life was legendary. Due in large part to his influence, the cypress products industry is a phenomenon that thrives on Florida roadsides.