FERNDALE — Lake County Parks & Trails is inviting the public to its “History Hike: Walk in the Footsteps of Florida's Pioneers,” a guided tour of the historic Ferndale Preserve on Wednesday, Nov. 11 from 9 - 11 a.m.
The event will begin with a talk regarding the artifacts found on the property, located at 19220 County Road 455, Ferndale, followed by a walk to Lake Apopka. Participants will learn about Florida’s Native Americans and Old World pioneers who settled in the area, as well as the Tavares, Apopka, and Gulf Railroad Company which ran parallel to the property, allowing both the transportation of agricultural goods and people. Additional topics covered will include the diet, housing and agriculture of the early settlers, as well as the restoration work currently happening at the park.
Jeff Moates, Director of West Central Region of the Florida Public Archaeology Network (FPAN), will lead the discussion, accompanied by fellow FPAN members including Nigel Rudolph, the public archeology coordinator of FPAN.
Participants should be prepared to walk on hilly, uneven terrain, and are encouraged to wear appropriate footwear and bring water.
Ferndale Preserve is located on the western shore of Lake Apopka, just a few miles from Sugarloaf Mountain, the highest point in peninsular Florida. This unique location gives the preserve a high point of 162' above sea level and a view of both the lake, and on clear days, the Orlando skyline. The preserve also boasts an enormous amount of wildlife including more than 180 species of birds, 50 species of butterflies, numerous mammals, reptiles and amphibians. Ferndale also contains a protected historical site that has been recreated in educational panels near the preserve's entrance.
For more information and to register for this event, call the Lake County Parks & Trails Division at 352-253-4950, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.lakecountyfl.gov/parks. To view updates about the County’s Parks & Trails Program, like their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/LakeCountyFLParks.