From National Parks

Scanning Pictures for a Curatorial Project

During our time of isolation at Fort Frederica National Monument, I have been scanning pictures for a curatorial project.  A year ago, the Margaret Davis Cate collection was returned to Fort Frederica.  The University of Georgia had been keeping it ever since Hurricane Irma in 2017. Margaret Davis Cate was a historian and story-teller on …

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Update on Keeping the Park Open

I need to give you an update on keeping the park open since things have changed in the week since I wrote about it.  It seems like things are changing every day.  For instance, I wrote this post yesterday morning, and then last night the Georgia Governor Kemp issued a stay-at-home directive for the state …

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Invasive Species in the National Parks

Invasive species in the national parks are a problem throughout the park system.  Azaleas brought in as landscaping plants or camphor trees planted to slow down erosion are two examples of invasive species at Fort Frederica.  Most national park sites are working to eliminate invasive species and their impact on the environment. At Fort Frederica …

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Trail Blazing to Oglethorpe’s House

Last week I wrote about finding and excavating the foundation of James Oglethorpe‘s house.  If Fort Frederica National Monument is going to have tours to his house, then we need a trail.  And Tom and Tim were tasked with that trail blazing. The land between the current developed park and Oglethorpe’s house was recently acquired …

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James Oglethorpe Slept Here

Whenever I do my road cleanup, I see a monument dedicated to James Oglethorpe.  The monument, hidden in the weeds and moss along Frederica Road, states that James Oglethorpe’s only house in the colonies was located here at the monument.  In other words, James Oglethorpe, founder of the colony of Georgia, slept here. Only the …

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