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2022 Bartram Trail Conference

January 27–30
Darien, Georgia


During his almost four years of travels through the South, William Bartram spent a year and a half living in Darien and exploring the Georgia coast and the Altamaha River. During that time he was often the guest of Lachlan McIntosh and his family, who lived on General's Island. Bartram explored nearby St. Simons Island, Sapelo Island, and Broughton Island. He made an excursion up the Altamaha River and declared,

HOW gently flow thy peaceful floods, O Alatamaha! How sublimely rise to view, on thy elevated shores, yon Magnolian groves, from whose tops the surrounding expanse is perfumed, by clouds of incense, blended with the exhaling balm of the Liquid-amber, and odours continually arising from circumambient aromatic groves of Illicium, Myrica, Laurus, and Bignonia.

We are pleased that we are able to hold our biennial conference in Darien with the gracious assistance of the Ashantilly Center.



COVID Statement


Please note that the Bartram Trail Conference will adhere to CDC recommendations regarding Covid-19 sanitary measures as required by contracts with our host venues. We will observe social distancing indoors and out and masks will be worn at all times except during meals. We encourage everyone to be up to date on their vaccinations. If you cannot or do not wish to comply with these requirements for any reason, we encourage you to register for the live-streamed version of the conference. 

If post-holiday infection rates surge substantially, the Board has decided that there will be no in-person events -- that is, the entire conference will be a live-streamed-only event for all registrants. The Board will make the go or no-go decision by mid-January in consultation with our host venues."

In the case that the in-person conference must be cancelled, we will issue refunds with the option to apply $30 to the webinar.

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