Shipwreck Discovery!

 

 

Archaeologists at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum had an exceptionally exciting week with the discovery of a 19th century ship that washed ashore in South Ponte Vedra Beach in St. Johns County, north of Flagler County. 

 

According to the Florida Times-Union, “The hull of ship, estimated to date from the late 1700s to the 1800s, was originally sheathed in copper, as evidenced by some copper tack heads that were still visible. Wooden pegs or nails, called trunnels, which were used to secure the hull to the wooden ribs, were also visible, as are Roman numerals carved on the ribs, said maritime historian Brendan Burke.”

 

The St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum has a team of maritime archaeologists who are no stranger to fascinating finds. The Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program (LAMP) is dedicated to the investigation, interpretation and better understanding of the maritime history and archaeology of St. Augustine, the "First Coast" region of Florida, and beyond. 

 

A visit to the museum is a fun day trip and visitors can climb 219 steps up the historic lighthouse to see a breathtaking view of St. Augustine and the waters of the oldest continually occupied European port city in the continental United States.

 

For more information, go to http://www.staugustinelighthouse.org/index.htm

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Who was Gamble Rogers?

Gamble Rogers performing at the Florida Folk Festival White Springs Florida

Spring is a gorgeous time of the year in Flagler County and many people are eager to get out of doors and enjoy the days as they get longer and our beautiful beaches. Many people head over to Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area at Flagler Beach to enjoy the sand, surf, nature trails, fishing, and kayaking opportunities in the shady maritime hammock.

https://www.floridastateparks.org/park/gamble-rogers

Do you know who Gamble Rogers was?

Gamble Rogers was a talented folk musician and a staple and often the headliner at the Florida Folk Festival along the Suwannee River at the Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park. The son and namesake of two prominent architects (his father and great uncle), Gamble chose to become a musician instead of following along in the family business.

He was often featured on public television and public radio in the 1980’s and was a self-described "modern troubadour.” He influenced many musicians including Jimmy Buffett who dedicated his album Fruitcakes to him writing how he "taught me how to move an audience with dialogue and delivery as much as with music".

Gamble Rogers died a hero in 1991 at the age of 54 when he drowned in an attempt to save the father of a young girl who was in trouble in the rough surf at Flagler Beach. In honor of his heroism, the Florida Legislature renamed the state park Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area at Flagler Beach. In 1998 he was inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame.

He’s been described by journalists as "An American treasure ... an awesome talent ... one-hundred percent enjoyable ... a rare and guaranteed treat ... worthy of inclusion in the Smithsonian."

In St. Augustine, there is a middle school, Gamble Rogers Middle School, named after him as well as the 23rd Annual Gamble Rogers Music Festival which takes place May 4th-6th at the Colonial Quarter. If you like acoustic Americana music, do not miss this festival.

http://www.gamblerogersfest.org

To learn more about this folk singer, story teller, and hear his music go to http://www.gamblerogers.org

At RE/MAX Flagstaff, our dedicated REALTORS® are driven to serve you and are committed to success. Please let us know how we can assist you with your real estate needs. Call us at (386) 246-8585.

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A Pristine Nearby Park!

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If you’re looking to get out of the house and enjoy one of our beautiful winter days, we can certainly recommend heading just 50 minutes south to the Canaveral National Seashore just south of New Smyrna Beach. 

 

This unspoiled preserve offers visitors a chance to hike, boat, fish, canoe, kayak, birdwatch, and learn about history while experiencing 58,000 acres of barrier island, open lagoon, coastal hammock, pine flatwoods, and offshore waters. Primitive camping by permit is also available.

 

The park is home to the largest oyster mound in the mainland United States which is named Turtle Mound for its shape and is a prehistoric archaeological site and contains oyster shells and refuse from the prehistoric Timucuan people and dates back to 800 and 1400 CE. A boardwalk has been constructed above the mound and offers spectacular views. 

 

Sea turtles nest on the park’s seashore and more than 12,000 nests were created in 2017 with green turtles and loggerhead turtles creating the bulk of the nests, while leatherbacks created just 23 nests. 

 

A remarkable place with much to be discovered, if you enjoy nature you will enjoy our nearby Canaveral National Seashore. Note: definitely take mosquito repellant with deet, even in the winter. For full park info, go here: https://www.nps.gov/cana/index.htm

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Beaching It in Flagler County

 

 

Our 19 miles of beautiful beaches are the place to be this time of year! Flagler County’s beaches are made up of coquina and red sand and have plenty of room for tossing a frisbee, flying a kite, or wind surfing. A unique coastal community, Flagler Beach has one-of-a-kind shops, restaurants, and recreational experiences. 

 

Waterfront homes in Flagler Beach are highly desirable and don’t last long when they come up for sale. Nearby Palm Coast offers access to numerous restaurants, shopping, and entertainment options. International  airports are not too far away. Even though living the Florida lifestyle is almost like being on vacation, you may wish to visit family, take an interesting vacation, or even a business trip. 

 

When people move to the beach they typically find their friends and relatives visiting on a regular basis. And, why not? Our beaches are fun for the entire family, pet-friendly, and great for surfing, swimming, and playing in the sand. Our Flagler Beach Pier is a great spot for fishing, dolphin spotting, and watching the July 4th fireworks! 

 

At REMAX Flagstaff, our dedicated REALTOR® are driven to serve you and are committed to success. Please let us know how we can assist you with your real estate needs. Call us at (386) 246-8585.

 

Photo: Rachel Kramer/Flickr

 

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Experience the Coolest of Florida’s Natural Amenities, Florida’s Springs

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Florida summer weather extends into September, which gives folks extra time to enjoy the outdoors. Some of Florida’s prettiest places to enjoy summer and beat the heat are its freshwater springs. While Silver Springs State Park in Ocala often comes to mind first, there are two other springs located within 60 miles of Palm Coast, Salt Springs and Silver Glen Springs.

 

Salt Springs Recreation Area is part of the Ocala National Forest. The natural spring bubbles up from fissures, or cracks, in the ground, flowing for 5 miles and emptying into Lake George. Visitors can enjoy swimming, canoeing, and motor boating in the crystal-clear waters of Salt Springs.

 

Also part of the Ocala National Forest, Silver Glen Springs is a gorgeous spot just north of Astor that is both a recreation area and an important archaeological siteThis beautiful spot shows how we can enjoy the outdoors as well as preserve one of Florida’s most valuable natural resources. The spring basin flows gently down into the spring, making it ideal for swimming. Visitors can swim and snorkel in the clear waters that maintain a cool, constant 73*F. Canoe and kayak rentals are also available.

 

With such a short drive from Flagler County to Ocala, why not take a day trip to one of these recreational areas? For more locations and additional information about Florida’s natural springs, visit Florida’s Springs at http://www.floridasprings.org/

 

At RE/MAX Flagstaff, our dedicated REALTORS® are driven to serve you and are committed to success. Please let us know how we can assist you with your real estate needs. Call us at (386) 246-8585.

 

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