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A kaleidoscope of historical and natural wonders - living in concert with the modern world growing up around it. Witness the West Indian manatee, a familiar resident of the river.
These large mammals, that can grow to a length of ten feet and can weigh up to 3, pounds, enjoy the warm water temperatures of the artesian springs within Blue Spring State Park. Many people are surprised to discover that Florida has the second largest population of bald eagles of any state in the country.
Only Alaska has more. This icon of American heritage is now making its comeback in Lake George and even more predominantly in the Ocala National Forest where you can witness the elegant strength of the bald eagle soaring over the treetops. Along the glassy waters of the Wekiva River, a tributary of the St. Johns River, a jungle-like variety of wildlife awaits exploration. The Wekiva sub-basin contains the single largest population of Florida black bears. Descendants are now living along the Wekiva River among alligators, largemouth bass and the Wekiwa siltsnail, a mollusk found nowhere else on earth but here.
Amidst brightly painted backdrops the natural rhythms of this river greet those who venture along it. Take a voyage through the St. The river is your route to the culture and art of Florida communities. For example, the river borders the city of Deland. DeLand laid the foundation for the city that would bear his name; he envisioned a center of culture, education and beauty, like the Athens of ancient Greece.
This venue is dedicated to the unique art of African and Caribbean culture. The DeLand Museum of Art displays changing exhibitions of various art forms in two gallery spaces. A personal tour guide is available by appointment to help you make the most of these precious displays. On the campus of Daytona Beach Community College the Southeast Museum of Photography is one of only 12 photography museums in the country and features historical and contemporary photography exhibits.
Several miles away from the hustle and bustle of Daytona Beach, travelers will find the white-framed, two-story Mary McLeod Bethune House on the campus of historic Bethune-Cookman College. At the site, visitors can learn about the renowned civil rights leader and her famous college through photographs and artifacts.
Originally settled in the s, Historic Cocoa Village features a quaint collection of 50 shops and eateries along oak-shaded sidewalks and cobblestone streets. Numerous historical structures have been restored and are in use once again, including the Village Playhouse, a former vaudeville theater now used for community productions, and the Porcher House, the home of wealthy citrus grove owners, now open for public tours. In the mid's, Orlando's Parramore neighborhood was the center of the city's African American community.
The streets bustled with commerce by day and erupted with music by night, at Dr. William Wells' South Street Casino - a popular dance hall. Further south along the banks of the St. The exhibits in these quaint museums tell the story of Putnam County, including the impact of the Civil War, the advent of steamboat travel along the St. Johns River and the gilded age of the Flagler Railroad. Azaleas bloom in odd places at Ravine State Gardens.
The acre botanical garden in Palatka is set in a deep ravine along the banks of the St. Johns River and features camellias, azaleas and other flowers. As the deterioration of two historical buildings in downtown Melbourne became increasingly apparent, a small group formed the Brevard Regional Arts Group BRAG to revive the treasured landmarks. The Henegar Center was born from the vision of this dedicated group of community leaders.
The buildings, formerly public schools, were donated for transformation into cultural arts facilities. The heart of the Henegar Center is a theatre whose stage curtain was taken from the original Broadway production of The King and I, with state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems for the highest quality productions.
If you are a music enthusiast, the St. Johns River has rhythm in the spring. The Jacksonville Jazz Festival attracts the most accomplished entertainers and performers from across the country. This fine arts facility opened its doors November 10, Two acres of formal historic gardens, created by Mrs.
Cummer, enhance the museum campus. The first garden at the Cummer residence was planted in and followed the English style. The Italian Garden followed in The quality of our nation's waters -- rivers, streams lakes, and estuaries -- is determined by activities within the land area, or watersheds, which surround them.
Although most discharges of pollutants from factories and cities directly to our waterways have been strictly controlled for many years, water quality problems remain. These problems are principally associated with run-off of rain and snowmelt.
Physical changes, like removing streamside vegetation, interrupting flows with dams, draining or filling wetlands, and bulk-heading channels also degrade our water bodies. Even air pollutants from cars, power plants and other combustion sources harm our waters and the life they support when pollutants fall back to earth or are carried to the ground by precipitation.
Pollution also seeps into the soil, is carried to aquifers, and then flows underground to rivers, lakes, or coastal waters. Johns River, it slices through the mist that defines mornings in swampy central Florida. The rain that fell here overnight may evaporate in the afternoon, it may be used for irrigation, or it may wind its way along the length of the miles of the St. Johns River and flow into the Atlantic Ocean. Johns will declare itself a mighty river, but here in Indian River and Brevard counties, there are few defined banks and boundaries.
Waterfowl, wading birds, river otters and shore birds inhabit the maze of tributaries and sloughs. This portion of the river is fed mostly by rainfall, with the help of a few springs. The molecules of hydrogen and oxygen that mix in these shallow waters flow north -- unlike many North American rivers -- and begin a long, slow journey to the ocean. Johns River is commonly divided into three drainage basins.
Basins, also called watersheds, are land areas that drain into a water body. Johns River flows north, the upper basin is the area to the south. The middle basin is the area in east-central Florida where the river widens. The lower basin is the area in northeast Florida from Putnam County to the river's mouth in Duval County, where it empties into the Atlantic Ocean.
The water travels this path slowly. The river's total drop from beginning to end is less than 30 feet, or about one inch per mile, making it one of the "laziest" rivers in the world. A river of many names Change has always come slowly for the St. More than , years ago, much of the river was an arm of the Atlantic Ocean. Over time, ocean levels dropped and barrier islands prevented water from flowing east into the ocean, leaving it trapped in flat valleys. The water slowly meandered northward and formed the St.
The river, thus, is an ancient intracoastal lagoon system. As the river flows north and continues to collect water from marshes and springs, it forms countless lakes on its path. Because of these lakes, the Timucuan Indians gave the river its original name, Welaka, meaning river of lakes. The Timucuan used the river for food, water and transportation for centuries before the Europeans arrived.
The river has had many names. Spanish seamen renamed the river in the s and called it Rio de Corrientes, or river of currents. In -- almost 50 years before the settlement in Jamestown -- the French established Fort Caroline on a high bluff overlooking the river they called Riviere de Mai, or river of May, because they arrived there on May 1.
The establishment of Fort Caroline angered the Spanish, who marched north from St. Augustine in , captured the fort and slaughtered the French. The Spanish then named the river San Mateo, honoring the saint whose feast followed the day they captured the river. Augustine, was impressed with the St. In , he made a note in his diary: The English translated that name into the St. Johns River, a name that lasted through English, Confederate and American possession of the river and remains today.
After Lake Harney, the St. Johns begins a transformation. Banks become better defined and a recognizable river is formed that flows north of Sanford into lakes Jesup and Monroe. Johns River," she wrote. These lonely banks mark the beginning of the river's middle basin. This area has historically been prized for its bass fishing, and boasts a diverse bird population that includes egrets, ibis and great blue herons, ospreys, turkeys, cranes and a sizeable population of bald eagles. Deer and a large number of alligators reside in protected areas here along the river's banks.
One of these protected lands is the Lake Monroe Conservation Area. Owned by the St. Johns River Water Management District, 94 percent of the conservation area is wetlands that constitute the majority of the floodplain of Lake Monroe. The District has many properties open to the public and allows recreational activities on these lands whenever such activities don't pose a threat to protected water resources.
The Lake Monroe Conservation Area allows hiking, fishing, horseback riding, bicycling, camping and boating in designated areas. North of Lake Monroe, the winding waterway consolidates and continues, straddling the county lines of Lake and Volusia counties.
South of Lake Beresford, the river meets Blue Springs State Park, the ancient home of the Timucuan Indians and one of the modern-day homes of some of Florida's manatees.
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