Florida Folklife Program

Folk Heritage Awards Recipient: TOM GASKINS

TOM GASKINS, . Photo by Merri Belland.
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.