Lost History Week - Bartram's Travels

William Bartram - Creating Wilderness Selective Memorial

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March 18, 2021  6:00 –8:00 PM
By Dr. Tony Abbott


5:30 PM  March 18, 2021

360 Main Street, Enterprise, FL  32725

Virtual Presentation

March 18, 2021  6:00

Dr. Tony Abbott presented a lecture and exhibit about Bartram's naturalist explorations and experiences with people encountered in the late 1700s in Volusia County. William Bartram, one of America's first naturalists, came to West Volusia County 255 years ago with his father and alone in 1774. This lecture tells the story of his encounters with the culture of Native and Black residents. This event is presented by the St Johns River-to-Sea Loop Alliance as part of the River to Sea Nature and History Corridor project supported by a Community Project grant from Florida Humanities. This event is part of the Lost History Week from March 15 - 21 that includes lectures, exhibits and a virtual tour.

William Bartram is known as America’s first native-born natural historian. His explorations and writings cover flora and fauna, interaction with European settlers, and Native American culture including extensive and under-recognized positive descriptions of Native Americans in the South.  The contemporary omission of Bartram’s extensive, positive descriptions of Native Americans in the South relegates them to the margins of history at a time when they were politically powerful, thus perpetuating a culture of denial regarding their forced removal.

Dr. Tony Abbott at Stetson University in DeLand has retraced Bartram's travels across Volusia County and created Experience William Bartram’s Florida, a brochure to guide you as you revisit Bartram's sites. This brochure is availabe at Enterprise Museum and Mainstreet DeLand, among other places.  One perfect place to start exploring on your own is at Bartram Gardens and Trail in DeLand at the Sandra Stetson Aquatic Center. It's a ten-acre natural area on the shores of Lake Beresford where Bartram rested and dried out all his papers after experienced a hurricane while traveling in his canoe equipped with a sail. The gardens showcase native plants interpreted with signage using copies of Bartram's original drawings.

An exhibit, including images generously provided by the Bartram Trail Society was on display at the Enterprise Museum for all of March 2021. The museum is open Thursdays,  and Saturdays from 10 am - 2 pm. 

This event was made possible through a generous grant from the Florida Humanities Council and the efforts of the St. Johns River-to-Sea Loop Alliance in parnership with Stetson University and Enterprise Museum.


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