Bartram Trail Conference

Members of the Bartram Trail Conference tour Augusta Canal aboard a replica of a Petersburg boat.

Bartram Trail Conference

Augusta, Georgia

October 21–23, 2005

Friday, October 21

Reception: 5:00-6:00PM

Wine and cheese reception at the Maxwell

Alumni House on the Augusta State University (ASU) campus.

Dinner/Meeting: 6:30–8:30PM

Dinner at the ASU Towers

Welcome and opening remarks: Ed Cashin

Report from the Board of the BTC: Kathryn Braund

Slide Presentation "Augusta Scenes Bartram Might Have Seen": Brad Sanders

Saturday, October 22

Tour of Phinizy Swamp Nature Park: 9:00–11:00AM

Lecture and tour by Dr. Gene Eidson of this restored and constructed 1,100 acre wetland south of Augusta. In Bartram's time Phinizy Swamp was known as The Cupboard. Within it is a wildlife management area with ample opportunities to view flora and fauna.

Dr. Eidson is the founder of the Southeastern Natural Sciences Academy

Springfield Church: Noon–1:30PM

Springfield Baptist Church is the oldest African-American church in the United States, founded at Silver Bluff in 1773. Lunch and talk by Isaac Johnson, church historian.

Augusta Riverwalk: 2:00–3:00PM

After lunch, time for a stroll on the Riverwalk marked by a Bartram quote and signs, or a visit to the Morris Museum of Art.

Enterprise Mill: 3:00–7:00PM

Meet at the Enterprise Mill's Interpretive Center, for a ten minute introductory film, followed by a walk through the hands-on exhibits. At 4PM we board Petersburg boats

for a seven-mile ride to the head-gates. Botanist Judy Gordon will talk about plants Bartram might have seen.

The return trip will be beguiled with wine and music.

Dinner on our own

Sunday, October 23

Wrightsboro: 10:00–1:00PM

On Sunday we will proceed west of Augusta to Wrightsborough for a picnic lunch provided by Historic Wrightsboro Foundation, and a talk by Robert Davis, an historian.

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