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Portrait of William Bartram

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Bartram Heritage. This classic 1979 report of the Bartram Trail Conference has been long out of print. Now it is available on-line for Bartram enthusiasts and researchers.

The Bartram Trail. The Bartram Heritage Report contains descriptions of William Bartram’s travels in eight Southeastern states from March, 1773–January, 1777. This section contains maps of each state in which he traveled and indication of his probable route.

Bartram Library. Important reading for anyone interested in John and William Bartram and the natural history of the Southeast.

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Bartram’s Buffalo Lick, by Dr. Louis De Vorsey. This is a lecture delivered in 1998.

Searching for William Bartram's Buffalo Lick, by Louis De Vorsey, published in Southeastern Geographer, Nov. 2001. (PDF)

Discoveries. Lists and descriptions of plants, birds, amphibians and mammals first observed and described by William Bartram with photographs of his most important discoveries.

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The Travels of William Bartram

Paynes Prairie

Members of the Bartram Trail Conference visiting the site of Cowee, north of Franklin, North Carolina.

illiam Bartram was America’s first native born naturalist/artist and the first author in the modern genre of writers who portrayed nature through personal experience as well as scientific observation. Bartram’s momentous southern journey took him from the foothills of the Appalachian mountains to Florida, through the southeastern interior all the way to the Mississippi River. His work thus provides descriptions of the natural, relatively pristine eighteenth-century environment of eight modern states: North and South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Tennessee. William Bartram published an account of his adventure in 1791. It quickly became an American classic and Bartram's Travels has been described by one scholar as the most astounding verbal artifact of the early republic.

Bartram's book became an immediate success in Europe where it influenced the romantic poets and armchair travelers who savored the descriptions of exotic, sub-tropical Florida as well as the relatively unexplored southeastern interior. Particularly enlightening and appealing were Bartram's accounts of the Seminole, Creek and Cherokee Indians. During the first quarter of the 19th century William Bartram became the grand old man of American natural science, advising and mentoring the first generation of naturalists who were beginning to explore the new territories being added to the young nation.

The Bartram Trail Conference, Inc., founded in 1976, has sought to identify and mark Bartram’s southern journey and works to promote interest in developing recreational trails and botanical gardens along the route. The BTC also seeks to encourage the study, preservation and interpretation of the William Bartram heritage at both cultural and natural sites in Bartram Trail states.

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Franklinia Alatamaha

The Art and Science of William Bartram
Judith McGee

Fields of Vision: Essays on the Travels of William Bartram
Edited by Kathryn Holland Braund and Charlotte M. Porter

William Bartram, the Search for Nature's Design
Tomas Hallock & Nancy Hoffmann

Bartram's Living Legacy
Dornida Dallmeyer, Philip Juras, & others

The Flower Seeker
Philip Lee Williams

Footprints Across the South:
Bartram's Trail Revisited

Jim Kautz

The Flower Hunter
Deborah Kogan Ray

From the Fallen Tree: Frontier Narratives, Environmental Politics, and the Roots of a National Pastoral, 1749-1826
Tom Hallock

An Outdoor Guide to Bartram's Travels
Charles D. Spornick, Alan R. Cattier, And Robert J. Greene

Bartram Trail: Detailed Trail Guide with Maps for the Trail in the Chattahoochee National Forest in Georgia
Ray, John R. and Malcolm J. Skove.
Contact: johnrraya@gmail.com

Forget not Mee & My Garden
Alan W. Armstrong

Guide to William Bartram's Travels
Brad Sanders

Journeys Through Paradise
Gail Fishman

South Carolina Naturalists:
An Anthology, 1700–1860
David Taylor

William Bartram and the American Revolution on the Southern Frontier
Edward Cashin

William Bartram on the Southeastern Indians
Gregory A. Waselkov and Kathryn E. Holland Braund

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