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Museum offers Saturday talk on turpentine industry

 The Turpentine Industry Talk scheduled for Saturday morning at C-Quarters has filled.  Reservations are no longer being accepting reservations. Those without reservations who would like to see the program, are welcome to watch the Livestream version on the Carrabelle History Museum’s Facebook page. A link to the recorded version will also be made available on there.

The Carrabelle History Museum will present a “History of the Turpentine Industry in North Florida” this Saturday, Feb. 12 from 10 a.m. to noon in the upstairs room at C-Quarters Marina in Carrabelle.

Part of the popular History Speaker Series, the program will feature Barbara Clark, director of the North Central region for Florida Public Archeology Network. 

Clark, a registered professional archeologist who specializes in the 19th and early 20th centuries, has an interest in the turpentine and lumber industry, focusing on the social aspects of camp life.

The program offers an opportunity to learn about the turpentine and naval stores industry in Florida, and the impact it has had on the state’s history and the local area’s economy. Clark will cover the beginnings of the industry in the Southeast, through the convict leasing program during Reconstruction, and provide insight into the causes that led to the end of the industry in Florida.

This presentation is most appropriate for adults, but young people are welcome. There is no charge but reservations are requested as space and seating is limited. Reservations can be made by contacting 850-697-2141 or carrabellehistorymuseum@gmail.com. Please arrive by 9:50 a.m. so that everyone can be seated.

Masks are required for this program, and attendees are asked to follow health guidelines including social distancing and sanitizing hands. 

Donations are gladly accepted to defray costs. Programs are sponsored by C-Quarters Marina, Sunset Isle RV Resort and Shaun Donahoe Realty, with promotional funding provided by the Franklin County Tourist Development Council.

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