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DeLand in Volusia County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Bartram Gardens & Trail

Volusia County Bartram Trail

 
 
Bartram Gardens & Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, October 25, 2021
1. Bartram Gardens & Trail Marker
Inscription.  
Bartram Gardens & Trail at
the Stetson Aquatic Center

The grounds of the Stetson Aquatic Center commemorate the work of William Bartram (1739-1823), America's first native born naturalist. The site is part of the Bartram Trail that commemorates his four-year exploration of eight Southeastern States from 1773-1777.

In 1774, he paddled up the St. Johns River in a canoe and sail, from the "cowford" (present day Jacksonville) to Blue Spring. He collected plant specimens and kept a journal that vividly depicted the Florida wilderness. This journal is the basis for his classic book, Travels through North and South Carolina, Georgia, East and West Florida.

We invite you to walk along our trails or paddle across the lake and imagine the Florida wilderness as Bartram saw it. In our gardens and along the trails we have included his visual and written impressions of plants and wildlife he encountered along the St. Johns River. Bartram was more than a naturalist, he was a poet and artist who continues to inspire us today.

"THIS world, as a glorious apartment of the boundless palace of the sovereign
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Creator, is furnished with an infinite variety of animated scenes, inexpressibly beautiful and pleasing, equally free to the inspection and enjoyment of all his creatures."

—William Bartram, Travels

William Bartram
"Long Lake" Paddle Trail
In May 1774, Bartram crossed Lake Beresford, which he called "Long Lake." He was turned back and took shelter on the west shore of the lake during what he described as a "hurricane." After the storm passed, he visited the Beresford Plantation on the east side of the lake and Blue Spring.

Paddling boats can be launched from landing sites on the map. Paddle between any landing sites for a nice day trip. For a longer adventure go around Hontoon Island using one of the canals that connect the main river channel and Hontoon Dead River. Snake Creek is often closed with water hyacinth.

[photo captions]
• Bartram’s plant specimen image; courtesy of University of Florida Digital Archives. Original specimens are owned by the Natural History Museum, UK
• Bartram’s illustration of the Tarflower; courtesy of Natural History Museum, UK
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicExplorationScience & Medicine
Marker detail: William Bartram image. Click for full size.
2. Marker detail: William Bartram
Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the William Bartram Trails series list. A significant historical month for this entry is May 1774.
 
Location. 29° 0.044′ N, 81° 21.346′ W. Marker is in DeLand, Florida, in Volusia County. Marker can be reached from Kalua Way just north of Alhambra Avenue, on the right when traveling north. Marker is located along the Bartram Gardens Trail at the Sandra Stetson Aquatic Center. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2636 Alhambra Avenue, Deland FL 32720, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bartram in Volusia County (here, next to this marker); Bartram's Plants (a few steps from this marker); Who was William Bartram? (a few steps from this marker); Bartram's Birds (a few steps from this marker); Red Cedar (within shouting distance of this marker); Bartram's Fish (within shouting distance of this marker); Southern Magnolia (within shouting distance of this marker); William Bartram Trail (approx. 1.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in DeLand.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Bartram Gardens & Trail
 
Also see . . .
1. William Bartram (Wikipedia).
Marker detail: Bartram’s Tortoise Illustration image. Click for full size.
Courtesy Natural History Museum, UK
3. Marker detail: Bartram’s Tortoise Illustration
William Bartram was an American botanist, ornithologist, natural historian, and explorer. Bartram was author of an acclaimed book, now known by the shortened title Bartram's Travels, which chronicled his explorations of the southern British colonies in North America from 1773–1777. Bartram has been described as "the first naturalist who penetrated the dense tropical forests of Florida." (Submitted on October 25, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. William Bartram. In the spring of 1774, William Bartram traveled inland from the St. Johns River to the Alachua Savanna, present-day Paynes Prairie Preserve. Nature’s variety inspired Bartram, and his drawings and records introduced readers on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean to East Florida. (Submitted on October 25, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Bartram Gardens & Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, October 25, 2021
4. Bartram Gardens & Trail Marker
(Bartram Trail & Lake Beresford in background)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 27, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 25, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 206 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 25, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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