Members of the Bartram Trail Conference toured Old Wrightsborough in McDuffie County, Georgia at the conclusion of the 2005 conference.
The Bartram Trail Conference was established in 1976 as part of America's Bicentennial observance to locate and mark the route of the pioneering Philadelphia naturalist William Bartram (1739-1823) through eight southern states: North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana. Historic Bartram Gardens in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the home of the Bartram family, is the origin and termination of William Bartram's historic travels. The Conference works to promote interest in developing public access recreational trails (hiking, canoeing, biking and horseback riding) and botanical gardens within the corridor of Bartram's route through in the individual states and to coordinate a regionally unified effort toward that end. The Bartram Trail Conference employs a "string of pearls" concept by highlighting significant natural areas and culturally significant locations along Bartram’s route. The Bartram Trail Conference has erected highway markers and provided information on the Bartram heritage at a variety of federal, state and private locations across the southeast.
Additionally, the Conference works to encourage the study, preservation and interpretation of the William Bartram heritage. The conference hosts a biennial meeting of members at an appropriate location along the Bartram trail corridor as well as other activities. Membership is open to the public.
The Bartram Trail Conference is a not-for-profit corporation registered in the state of Georgia. The officers and members of the Board of Directors for 2012-2013 are:
President: Chuck Spornick, Decatur, GA
The Bartram Trail Conference is composed of a diverse group of people with far-reaching interests. Our membership includes hikers, nature lovers, gardeners, historians, archaeologists, literary and scientific scholars, botanists, biologists, birders, environmentalists, members of historical and gardening organizations, and those with a commitment to historic and environmental education and preservation. Membership is $25 per year for individuals. Membership fees are used to support educational and outreach activities and to partially offset the cost of conferences, our newsletter and this web site. To join, please download and complete our Membership Form (will open in a new window).