Historical program to focus on turpentine industry

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 On Thursday, Feb. 21, the Cedar Key Historical Society Third Thursday Speaker Series will present “The Naval Stores Industry in Florida” with guest speaker, Everett Birchard.

A long-time employee of the Florida State Park Service, Birchard is a charter member of the Lake City Historical Society and has made numerous guest appearances at Stephen Foster and Manatee Springs State Parks. Over the years Birchard has collected examples of the many implements and tools utilized in the collection of turpentine and barrel making.

Back by popular demand from his appearance in Otter Creek during the 2011Levy County Railroad Days, Birchard will provide guests with a better understanding of an industry which dominated Levy County from the late 1800s.

The program will begin at 10 a.m. and will be held at the Cedar Key Community Center, F & 6th Streets, Cedar Key. To reach the Community Center, turn off SR 24 onto 6th Street at Annie’s Restaurant and drive two blocks. The Center is on the right. The public is invited to attend.