In the fall of 1774 William Bartram experienced what is known as the Indian Frolic at Spalding’s Lower Store. His 9-month stay on his favorite river in Putnam County is documented in Bartram’s masterpiece TRAVELS. The annual St. Johns River Bartram Frolic on Palatka’s riverfront will celebrate our National Heritage River, the Bartram National Recreation Trail in Putnam County, and offer our county as a historic eco-tourism and recreation destination.
St. Johns River Bartram Frolic
Passport to the Past
Learn more about Billy Bartram’s path down the St. Johns River with this educational program designed for children aged 5-16. This journey is free! Pick up your Bartram Passport Activity Book at the St. Johns River Center’s Passport Check-in Booth. Learn along the riverfront with ten stations featuring educational activities that encompass the people, wildlife, and plants that Bartram wrote about. Meet Billy Bartram himself, and learn about the people that inhabited the land with Muskogee Creek Tribe member Jim Sawgrass. Bring your family and join us on this epic journey through our river’s past!