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St. Johns County Seeking Historical Facts and Photographs

 

 

 

– St. Johns County is asking residents and other members of the public with interesting historical photographs or little known facts about northwest St. Johns County to participate in a historical analysis and survey of historic structures along the William Bartram Scenic and Historic Highway. Brockington and Associates, a cultural resources consulting firm, has been retained to research and document the history of northwest St. Johns County, and survey several existing historic structures in the area. Residents interested in participating and sharing relevant information or photos are asked to contact Brockington and Associates’ Senior Historian, Charlie Philips atcharliephilips@brockington.org or 843.532.6327. The deadline to respond is February 28.

 

Northwest St. Johns County has a rich history, with written records extending to European exploration and settlement in the early 1500s. While St. Augustine was a primary commercial center, some of the earliest rural settlements in the county were located along the St. Johns River. This study will create a historical narrative of northwest St. Johns County and identify the unique characteristics of native inhabitants along this section of the St. Johns River. The consultant will document major Northwest St. Johns County historical events, from the 16th through the 21st centuries. Historical topics of interest that will be addressed include, but are not limited to, Native American influences and towns, development of mission outposts, British rice and indigo plantations, cattle ranches, citrus groves, lumber/turpentine harvesters, other agricultural growers, small farms, establishment of African-American communities during the territorial and early statehood. Historical transportation influences such as the roll of steam boats, Civil War gunboats, construction of the railroad, and impacts of modern development and infrastructure will also be discussed. Major historical events will be discussed and analyzed to determine the influence on humans in the evaluation of racial strife and conflict, Civil War, impacts of World War II, and 20th century impacts.

 

Houses and other buildings possibly associated with historic events in northwest St. Johns County will be identified and discussed in this study and will be addressed and discussed further within the overall history. A Federal Highway Administration National Scenic Byway program grant provided funding for the project, with matching funds provided by St. Johns County on behalf of the William Bartram Scenic and Historic Highway organization. For additional information about the northwest Historical Analysis project, please feel free to contact Vickie Renna in the St. Johns County Growth Management Department at vrenna@sjcfl.us or 904.209.0615.

 

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