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Bartram Trail Conference, January 27–30

Schedule of Events


Thursday

Kayak Cathead Creek. Make reservations through Southeast Adventure Outfitters. The cost is $85 per person, kayaks are provided.


Friday

Morning

Outing to Fort Barrington, site of the discovery of Franklinia. The Fort Barrington Hunt Club owns two thousand acres surrounding the site of old Fort Barrington. The property contains several colonial area roads, trading paths, and the sites of several Native American villages. This is a rare opportunity to visit this important and historic area.

Afternoon

Ashantilly Center

1:00–4:00 p.m. Creating the William Bartram National Historic Corridor

BTC Board, interested members, and invited guests 

5:00–7:00 p.m. Reception hosted by the Ashantilly Center 

Tour of Ashantilly house and grounds and the Ashantilly Press.

 

Saturday 

St. Andrews Episcopal Church 

Auction runs until 1:30 p.m.

8:30–9:00 a.m. Registration 

Bartram in the Low Country

 

Morning

9:00–9:15 Welcome, Sam Carr and Harriet Langford

9:15–9:45 Bartram on the Georgia Coast, Brad Sanders

9:45–10:15 Looking for Bartram’s Lowcountry, Philip Juras

10:15–10:30 Q & A

10:30–10:45 Break

10:45-11:15 A Tale of Two Bills: Bill Haynes' Bartram Sketchbook

Ashantilly was the childhood home of artist Bill Haynes who knew the Bartram story well. In the 1930s, when he was in art school in New York, he completed a large number of watercolor sketches illustrating the Travels. Harriet Langford and Dorinda Dallmeyer are developing a project for a traveling exhibition of these works.

11:15–11:45 In Franklinia’s Noble Home, Joel Fry, curator, Bartram’s Garden, Philadelphia

11:45–12:00 Q&A 

 

Afternoon

12:00–1:00 Lunch

1:00–1:30 Florida Mapping Project, supported by the Fothergill Award.

1:30–2:00 Update on the Bartram Heritage Corridor Project, Sam Carr

2:15–5:00 Field Trip to the Bartram Trail marker at the McIntosh Cemetery

Christopher Robinson, Lachlan McIntosh re-enactor Steve Smith, and Suzanne Forsyth and Mariana Hagan, who are direct descendants of Donald McIntosh.

 

Evening

6:00–8:00 Banquet and Keynote Lecture, Spartina Grill, Darien

History & Ecology of Coastal Georgia: An Overview, Buddy Sullivan

 

Sunday

9 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Boat excursion on the Altamaha, River (space must be reserved ahead of time)


 

On Your Own

Darien

Fort King George. Re-constructed English outpost to ward off the Spanish in Florida. Great views of the marsh. Also, the site of tremendous lumber milling operations for export in the latter part of the 19th to early 20th century. Self-guided or we could ask interpretive staff to be on notice. 1.5 miles east of Darien. https://gastateparks.org/FortKingGeorge

 

Birdwatching opportunities abound in coastal Georgia. Darien I and McIntosh County have stops on the Colonial Coast Birding Trail. Please see the website at for the site list, maps, and other information. https://georgiabirdingtrails.com/colonialcoast. Note that access to state parks, historic sites, and state-run Wildlife Management Areas requires either a Georgia hunting or fishing license or a land access license, all of which can be purchased online. Birdwatching from boardwalks at Butler Island Wildlife Management Area (WMA), Champney Island WMA, and Altamaha WMA, off Highway 17, are all in close proximity to Darien. 

 

Altama Plantation Wildlife Management Areahttps://georgiawildlife.com/altama-plantation-wma. Historic homes, farm buildings, and newly restored formal garden with Franklinia as a centerpiece. Site of great significance to American natural history in the antebellum era. Rice culture. If the river is not in flood, you can walk the rice dike down to the banks of the Altamaha. Note that hunting will be taking place within the WMA boundaries, although not in the immediate vicinity of the garden area. Note that access to state parks, historic sites, and state-run Wildlife Management Areas requires either a Georgia hunting or fishing license or a land access license, all of which can be purchased online.

 

St. Simons Island 

Fort Frederica National Monument, St. Simons Island. https://www.nps.gov/fofr/index.htm

Visited by Bartram on his way south to Florida.

 

St. Simons Land Trust. The St. Simons Land Trust manages two preserves open to the public on the north end of St. Simons: Cannon’s Point Preserve and the Guale Preserve. Both are close to Fort Frederica. Detailed descriptions of each preserve and maps can be found at their website https://sslt.org/

 The Cannon's Point Preserve has some of the last intact maritime forest on St. Simons Island and is rich in cultural and natural history. The peninsula has over six miles of salt marsh, tidal creek and river shoreline that provide habitat for wildlife such as oysters, birds, fish, and manatee. Shell middens dating back to 2500 BCE are on the site, as are the remains of the large plantation home and slave quarters built by John Couper in the 1800s. Open Saturday through Monday, 9–3.

Within the 258-acre Guale Preserve, Polly’s Trail, a self-guided walk, features the influence of William Bartram. Each of its interpretive signs highlight Bartram’s descriptions of Georgia’s historical coastal landscape. Open daily 7:00 am–5:00 pm. For more information see https://stewardsofgacoast.org/2021/06/25/the-lasting-impact-of-william-bartrams-writings-and-illustrations/

Coastal Area 

Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge, easy car access and great birding.

 

Barrington Park, McIntosh County. Road access – some stretches unpaved -- to the north side of the Altamaha in the vicinity of where Franklinia was discovered. Boat ramp and primitive-ish campground. Reviews indicate that getting there can be dicey; use your own judgement.

 

Kayak Cathead Creek, Darien: check local outfitters in Darien and Brunswick. Longer Altamaha and marsh trips also available.

Altamaha Regional Park, Everett City, Glynn County. Offers great views of the Altamaha River, 56 campsites, rental cabins, bait, swimming area, picnic facilities, boat ramps, fishing, fishing pier, camp store, bath houses, laundry facility, wilderness trail, and wilderness surroundings. 

Sansavilla Wildlife Management Area. Great views of the Altamaha from Sansavilla Bluff, the site of a colonial era trading post run my Mary Musgrove, famed interpreter for General James Oglethorpe. William Bartram mentions visiting the bluff by boat. https://www.exploregeorgia.org/brunswick/outdoors-nature/bird-watching/sansavilla-wildlife-management-area

 

Sapelo Island day-trip. Access managed by Georgia Department of Natural Resources. https://sapelonerr.org/visit-sapelo-island/

 

 

 

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