2020 Field Trips

Historic Gasparilla Island and Boca Grande, May 6, 2020, 10 AM - 5:30 PM

Join us as we explore 14,000 years of history on historic Gasparilla Island and Boca Grande by water and land. Our tour boat leaves the Gasparilla Marina in Placida at 10 a.m. You will learn the natural and human history while we boat down to the entrance of the Boca Bayou. Captain Tim and Ted Ehmann will cover the exciting prehistory of Charlotte Harbor when the mound-builders fished its abundant waters. We dock and our van takes you south to the historic Banyan Street (1915), the Johann Fust library, museum and gardens (1950) and the historic lighthouse and museum (1890) ( only one of seven remaining in Florida) . You will learn about the rich phosphate shipping history 1890 -1970 as well. We have lunch on the Gulf at the South Beach Restaurant and Bar. At lunch, you will learn the incredible phosphate shipping history by the author of a forthcoming complete history of Florida’s phosphate mining boom.  This field trip is being sponsored by the Historical Society and the Charlotte Harbor Anthropological Society.


$50 Members, $75. Non-Members, space limited, For reservations contact:

Ted Ehmann (732) 740-5055 or teddyehmann@earthlink.net