Cultural Experiences

Events and Places with Cultural Charm

Cultural Resources are portions of the human environment that express aesthetics, traditions, values and customs.  Traditions are usually associated with the distinct groups of people and passed from one generation to the next.

Qualifying cultural resources include:

  1. Identify distinctive traditions of specific groups of people
  2. Can be experienced through interpretative facilities or materials
With thousands of years of cultural history at your beck and call, it’s easy to enjoy the distinctive Old Florida culture found only along the William Bartram Scenic & Historic Highway.

As revealed in the notable history beginning in the late 1500s, European populations began to establish control of the resources and advantages of this area, controlling the major transportation nexus points with military outposts, and establishing missions and ranches along the river.  The most important regional transportation routes at the river were the crossings at Picolata and Tocoi.  Archaeological remains of these outposts and settlements remain within the corridor.  Later, this area achieved importance for naval stores plus production of plantation crops such as orange, cotton, and indigo.  The river remained a critical transportation route and supported heavy steamboat traffic during the 19th century.  Many of the small communities existing today were developed around steamship landings along the river.