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Near Wetumpka in Elmore County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

William Bartram Arboretum

1739 - 1823

 
 
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By Cosmos Mariner, May 26, 2013
1. William Bartram marker
Inscription.  William Bartram, the first native-born American artist-naturalist, of Philadelphia, visited this site on Christmas Day, 1776.

This arboretum commerates (sic) the man, his visit to Fort Toulouse, and his travels through the southeastern colonies from 1773-1777.

His search for specimens blazed an epochal new trail in nature appreciation and his observations and sketches obtained during his four year trip are priceless records of 18th century American natural history.

Bartram studied and sketched plants, birds, and animals. He was a champion of the native Americans and wrote extensively about the Indians he had contact with during his four years in the colonies. These Indians returned his interest. The Seminoles gave him the name PUC PUGGY meaning The Flower Hunter.

"How glorious the powerful sun, minister of the Most High, in the rule and government of this earth, leaves our hemisphere, retiring from our sight beyond the western forests: I behold with gratitude his departing smiles, tingling the fleecy roseate clouds, now riding far away on the Eatern horizon; behold the vanish from sight in
William Bartram marker detail image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 26, 2013
2. William Bartram marker detail
the azure skies"

From "Travels of William Bartram"
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial EraExplorationHorticulture & Forestry.
 
Location. 32° 30.331′ N, 86° 15.165′ W. Marker is near Wetumpka, Alabama, in Elmore County. Marker can be reached from West Fort Toulouse Road 0.2 miles south of Jackson Park Road. Located at the entrance to the William Bartram Arboretum in the Fort Toulouse & Fort Jackson National Historic Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2521 W Fort Toulouse Rd, Wetumpka AL 36093, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Here Stood Fort Toulouse (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fort Jackson (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Mound at Fort Toulouse-Fort Jackson Park (approx. 0.4 miles away); Bartram's Trail (approx. 2.2 miles away); Williams Lowndes Yancey (approx. 2.9 miles away); Crommelin Memorial (approx. 3.4 miles away); First Baptist Church of Wetumpka (approx. 3.4 miles away); Wetumpka Methodist Church (approx. 3.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wetumpka.
 
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Also see . . .  Fort Toulouse - Fort Jackson. Friends of the Forts Foundation, Fort Toulouse/Jackson State Historic
Approximate Route of Bartram's Travels in Alabama 1775-1776 image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 26, 2013
3. Approximate Route of Bartram's Travels in Alabama 1775-1776
Site. (Submitted on October 18, 2013.) 
 
William Bartram Arboretum Trail image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 26, 2013
4. William Bartram Arboretum Trail
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By Cosmos Mariner, May 26, 2013
5. William Bartram Marker
“This world, as a glorious apartment of the boundless palace of the sovereign 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.”\

Quotation from Bartram’s “Travels of William Bartram” revealing his gentle love of nature.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 23, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 17, 2013, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 896 times since then. Last updated on May 25, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on October 17, 2013, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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