Big Talbot Island State Park - Florida
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Rangergirl141
N 30° 30.601 W 081° 27.514
17R E 455999 N 3375390
Quick Description: The unique beach is famous for the salt washed skeletons of live oak and cedar trees that once grew near the shore.
Location: Florida, United States
Date Posted: 1/5/2010 2:40:04 PM
Waymark Code: WM80WP
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Phleum
Views: 8

Long Description:
The Talbot Islands have experienced over six thousand years of human activity and tens of thousands of years of natural forces. In 4000 B.C., when the earliest evidence for human occupation can be dated, the climate was much as it is today.

Inhabitants, known to scholars as the Archaic people, began to adapt to the marine environment and developed into what is now known as the St. Johns culture. Signs of this long-lasting culture are evident on Big Talbot Island. The St. John’s culture was still being practiced when the first Europeans arrived in the 1500’s.

The Europeans called the inhabitants of the area, the Timucua. This area was explored and settled by Spanish, French, and English people throughout 1500’s and 1600’s.

General James Oglethorpe, named the Talbot Islands in 1735 in honor of Charles Baron Talbot, the Lord High Chancellor of England. By the late 1700’s, all of Florida’s original inhabitants had died off from disease and warfare.

Starting during the brief British period (1763-83), and continuing through the Second Spanish period (1783-1821), the island was used for plantation agriculture. Oranges, sugar, indigo, and cotton were grown on the islands. Prominent planters of this period included Spicer Christopher, John Houston, John McQueen, and Zephaniah Kingsley.

In 1984 Big Talbot Island opened as a State Park. Today, the island attracts many visitors to its unique cultural and natural heritage.

**You can collect your stamp at Little Talbot Island Park (N 30° 27.600 W 081° 24.956 )**

*Information gathered from the Florida State Park's website listed below.*
Name of Park, Protected Area, or Cultural Location: Big Talbot Island State Park

Name of System or Passport Program: Florida State Park's Passport Book

Passport Available: No

Parking or Entrance Fee: Not listed

Park Website: [Web Link]

Address of Station:
12157 Heckscher Drive, Florida United States

Visit Instructions:
No special instructions, but a picture of yourself or of something unique to that place would be a nice touch.
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