Gain a unique perspective on Florida’s history. The Storytelling Sims, humorists, historians, and tandem tellers, will portray naturalist William Bartram and author Constance Fenimore Woolson.
William Bartram, portrayed by Wayne Sims, is described by many as perhaps America’s best-know traveler and naturalist. In 1774, Bartram traveled inland from the St. Johns River to the Alachua Savanna, present-day Paynes Prairie Preserve on what was to become one of the most important botanical explorations ever of the Southeastern United States. At the village of Cuscowilla, near Micanopy, Bartram was greeted by the Creek chief, Cowkeeper. Bartram’s drawings of flora and fauna and his writings did much to popularize Florida for settlement. He recorded what he saw in his book, “The Travels of William Bartram.”
Constance Fenimore Woolson, portrayed by Jane Sims, was a 19th century American author and travel writer who spent winters in Florida during the 1870s post-Civil War/pre-Henry Flagler era. Great niece of James Fenimore Cooper, Woolson was a prolific writer and poet whose eloquent commentaries about her travels and impressions of Florida and the St. Johns and Ocklawaha Rivers appeared in popular periodicals of the day. She often said her most compelling memories were of a place she loved: Florida.
This program is part of Lake County's Viva Florida 500 celebration!