Members of the Bartram Trail Conference tour Augusta Canal aboard a replica of a Petersburg boat.
Bartram Trail Conference
October 21–23, 2005
Friday, October 21
Wine and cheese reception at the Maxwell
Alumni House on the Augusta State University (ASU) campus.
Dinner at the ASU Towers
Welcome and opening remarks: Ed Cashin
Report from the Board of the BTC: Kathryn Braund
Slide Presentation "Augusta Scenes Bartram Might Have Seen": Brad Sanders
Saturday, October 22
Tour of Phinizy Swamp Nature Park: 9:00–11:00AM
Lecture and tour by Dr. Gene Eidson of this restored and constructed 1,100 acre wetland south of Augusta. In Bartram's time Phinizy Swamp was known as The Cupboard. Within it is a wildlife management area with ample opportunities to view flora and fauna.
Dr. Eidson is the founder of the Southeastern Natural Sciences Academy
Springfield Church: Noon–1:30PM
Springfield Baptist Church is the oldest African-American church in the United States, founded at Silver Bluff in 1773. Lunch and talk by Isaac Johnson, church historian.
Augusta Riverwalk: 2:00–3:00PM
After lunch, time for a stroll on the Riverwalk marked by a Bartram quote and signs, or a visit to the Morris Museum of Art.
Enterprise Mill: 3:00–7:00PM
Meet at the Enterprise Mill's Interpretive Center, for a ten minute introductory film, followed by a walk through the hands-on exhibits. At 4PM we board Petersburg boats
for a seven-mile ride to the head-gates. Botanist Judy Gordon will talk about plants Bartram might have seen.
The return trip will be beguiled with wine and music.
Dinner on our own
Sunday, October 23
On Sunday we will proceed west of Augusta to Wrightsborough for a picnic lunch provided by Historic Wrightsboro Foundation, and a talk by Robert Davis, an historian.