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 Putnam County Florida, Historical Society 

Post Office Box 35
Palatka, FL  32178


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            Putnam County is proud to announce the Bartram Trail in Putnam County’s National Recreation Trail Designation Celebration on Labor Day, Monday, September 5, 2016 at 10:30 AM. There will be other events surrounding the ceremony. The celebration is centered in Palatka’s St. Johns River Center on the riverfront. Below is the schedule of events.

            Sunday, September 4, 2PM – 5PM @ the Larimer Art Center - The Art & Science of William Bartram:

            There will be presentations on the science and natural history written about by Bartram in his book TRAVELS by Dr. David Hall, Dean Campbell, Rob Matson, Ken Mahaffey, Dick Franz and Eric Breirenbach.  We have on display the prints of Bartram’s drawings from the Natural History Museum of London.  These are the highest resolution and actual size of Bartram’s original drawings from his trip on the St. Johns River.  For details see our website - or email us @, (386) 328-8584.

            Labor Day, Monday, September 5, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM @ the St. Johns River Center and Palatka’s Riverfront Park:

            The Designation Celebration and Labor Day recognition begins at 10:30 with greetings by William Bartram and local, state and national representatives.  Following will be the Bartram Frolic and fish fry at the St. Johns River Center.  Tickets are available at the River Center (386-326-2704).  For details see our website - or email us @, (386) 328-8584.

Other activities:

·         The Arts Council of Greater Palatka will provide river songs music by Chuck Harwick’s Hartline Band

·         Putnam Blueways & Trails will have a kayak/canoe poker paddle @ 8:30AM, email -, 386-546-1668

·         Putnam Blueways & Trails will guide a Bartram bike ride @ 8:30 AM,, 386-546-1668

·         The annual Keep Putnam Beautiful Recycling Regatta @ 1:30 PM. Details @ - (386) 325-9598 – Registration is available at the St. Johns River Center.

·         Reconstruction of Bartram’s Palatka chickee by Dr. Steve Hale

            We hope you can join us for this special time to recognize Putnam County’s recreational and historic nature. For details see our website - or email us @, (386) 328-8584.

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