News Release

For immediate release - October 30, 2013

Walk in the Footsteps of the First Floridians

Lake County Parks and Trails will host an historic walking tour on Friday, November 15th from 9 -11 a.m. at Ferndale Preserve. The tour conducted by Jeff Moates, MA, Acting Director of the Florida Public Archaeology Network, will feature discussions of some of Florida's earliest inhabitants as well as later inhabitants of the Lake Apopka region.  Moates will discuss the archaeology of Ferndale Preserve and demonstrate some of the ancient tools and technology used by the First Floridians. Finally, he will discuss the early history of the area and its settlement.

The walking tour will meet at the Preserve parking lot and will take approximately an hour and a half. The topography is very hilly and sandy. Please wear appropriate foot gear.

Ferndale Preserve is located at 19220 County Road 455 Ferndale, FL 34715. It is on the western shore of Lake Apopka and just a few miles from Sugarloaf Mountain the highest point in peninsular Florida. Registration for this free program is encouraged. To register, call the Lake County Parks & Trails Division at 352-253-4950, email or visit

This program is part of Lake County’s celebration of Viva Florida 500, a statewide, year-long, multicultural commemoration.



Media contact:
Judy Buckland
Program Coordinator

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