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Date(s) - 03/27/2015
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Indian Temple Mound Museum

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A major tributary of Pensacola Bay, the Blackwater River flows through the pine forests and fertile uplands of Santa Rosa and Okaloosa Counties. Historically, commerce along the river included shipyards, brick kilns, and lumber mills, all of which used the river for transport of supplies and products.

The remains of many of the watercraft engaged in these industries lie hidden in the dark water, some of which have been archaeologically investigated.  This lecture describes these vessels, ranging from lumber schooners to steam tugs to snapper smacks.

Ben Wells is a graduate assistant at the University of West Florida in the Anthropology Department. He has worked on projects for the Bagdad Heritage Trail and Florida Maritime Heritage Trail while at UWF. He is also involved in the Florida Public Archeology Network.

The presentation will be at the Indian Temple Mound Museum on Friday March 27, 2015 and begin at 6:00pm.

The program is free and open to the public. Doors open at 5:40pm and seating is on a first-come first-serve basis.

For further information, please contact Museum Programming Coordinator Michael Weech at 833-9595 or mweech@fwb.org. The City of Fort Walton Beach Heritage Park & Cultural Center is a community outreach division of the City and is committed to providing area historical educational programming.

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