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Historic Florida: Micanopy, Marjorie Rawlings, and St. Augustine

Program Number: 6651RJ
Start and End Dates:
3/3/2013 - 3/8/2013;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Starke, Florida
Price starting at: $618.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Multi-Topic Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Activity Particulars

Walking up to a mile, some stairs and uneven terrain, and an optional 1.5 mile trail walk.



Coordinated by Montgomery Presbyterian Conference Center.



Micanopy, Cross Creek & Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

Explore the charm of Micanopy, the oldest inland town in Florida, and experience the home of Pulitzer Prize winner Marjorie Rawlings through the enthusiasm of our period-dressed docents.



St. Augustine: 450 Years of Authentic History

Discover the inherent treasures in the nationís oldest city. Marvel at more than four centuries of history as you visit Flagler College, the Oldest House, Lightner Museum and Memorial Presbyterian Church.



Wild Florida

Get a real taste of Natural Wild Florida in Morningside Nature Center and the La Chua Trail in Paynes Prairie State Park. Experience and participate hands on at the working 1860s farm at Morningside. Walk along alligators and learn about Florida's unique aquifer system at the Alachua County Sink.




Starke

Nestled in agriculturally rich Bradford County in north-central Florida, the small city of Starke boasts a small-town atmosphere. The area is surrounded by strawberry farms, beautiful lakes and quaint areas with hometown appeal.



Accommodations
Retreat center in naturally beautiful setting.
Meals and Lodgings
   Montgomery Presbyterian Center
  Starke 5 nights
 Montgomery Presbyterian Center
Type: Conference Center
  Description: Beautiful landscape, views, moss covered trees, three lakes, and gorgeous sunsets. You will enjoy a quiet time in the natural beauty of North-Central Florida.
  Contact info: 88 SE 75th Street
Starke, FL 32091 USA
phone: 352-473-4516
web: www.montgomerycenter.org
  Room amenities: Air Conditioning, heat and view of the lake.
  Facility amenities: Hotel style rooms, home-cooked meals, cabins, laundry facilities, exercise equipment, TV in lounge, lakes for fishing, walking trails, and RV spots.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Price varies. Call for availabliity.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Price varies. Call for availabliity.
  Check out time: 1:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
3:00 - 4:30 Check in, and welcome reception at Montgomery Presbyterian Center. Dinner begins at 6:00pm in the Dining Hall. You will be staying at Montgomery Presbyterian Center that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after Lunch at 12:00 at Montgomery Presbyterian Center. You will be staying at Montgomery Presbyterian Center the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Montgomery Presbyterian offers parking for the week free of charge to guests.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Starke
  Nearest city or town:  Keystone Heights
  Nearest highway: Highway 100
  Nearest airport:  Jacksonville, FL or Gainesville, FL
  From End of Program
  Location: Starke
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Jacksonville

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Host Provided
phone: 352-473-4516
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$45
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1 hour 15 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

60 miles

   

Shuttle arrangements must be made at least one week prior to start date of program with Montgomery Presbyterian Center.

 

Gainesville

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Host Provided
phone: 352-473-4516
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$30
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

45 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

24 miles

   

Shuttle arrangements must be made at least one week prior to start date of program with Montgomery Presbyterian Center.

 
Driving Directions
  East Exit I-95 at Highway 100. Take highway 100 through Keystone Heights. Turn Right onto SE 9th Ave after Tony's Food Mart. The Montgomery entrance is 100 yards from the turn on the left.
  North Take INTERSTATE 10 to the Starke/Baldwin exit and follow State Road 301 south to Starke. In Starke, turn LEFT onto State Road 100 towards Keystone Heights for about 9 miles. Turn LEFT 1/2 mile past the Keystone Airport onto SE 9th Ave. The Montgomery entrance is 100 yards from the turn on the left.
  South Take I-95 or I-75 to Highway 100 and turn towards Keystone Heights. Turn on SE 9th Ave. The Montgomery entrance is 100 yards from the turn on the left.
  West State Road 100 towards Keystone Heights. Turn LEFT 1/2 mile past the Keystone Airport onto SE 9th Ave. The Montgomery entrance is 100 yards from the turn on the left.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Arrival and Orientation
(Sunday, March 3)
   
 Afternoon: 3:00-4:30 pm: Check in, and welcome reception in the Dining Hall.
 Dinner: 6:00 PM Dining Hall
 Evening: 7:00 Overview of the week and a chance to meet the other hostlers.
   
Accommodations: Montgomery Presbyterian Center
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Micanopy/Marjorie K Rawlings House
(Monday, March 4)
   
 Breakfast: Dining Hall
 Morning: Visit the historical town of Micanopy. We will spend the morning in the Historical Museum exploring treasures from the past and hearing a presentation from the docent about the historic town. We will walk to lunch while getting a tour of Main Street Micanopy.
 Lunch: Old Florida Cafe
 Afternoon: After lunch we will head back to the Historical Museum for a presentation by the Micanopy Regulars. These Soldiers will take our group back in time to the fort where they served/ Continue our step back in time as you tour the oldest continual working post office on the east coast - be sure to bring change for a stamp. Your time travel continues as you see Marjorie K. Rawlings home presented by guides dressed in period piece. See, feel and hear what it was like to be North-Central Florida during her times.
 Dinner: Dining Hall
 Evening: The Yearling is a movie that shows in wonderful detail and puts on video what we have seen and talked about today.
   
Accommodations: Montgomery Presbyterian Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Stories of Marjorie Rawlings
(Tuesday, March 5)
   
 Breakfast: Dining Hall
 Morning: Enjoy stories of Marjorie Rawlings from someone who lived by her and who knew her. JT Glissen is a writer, speaker, artist, and inventor. This is truly one of the best storytellers who does a wonderful job of tying together the things you have seen.
 Lunch: Dining Hall
 Afternoon: A variety of off or on site activities to help you see the beauty and variety of North-Central Florida.
 Dinner: Dining Hall- option to opt out if your off afternoon activity keeps you away.
 Evening: David Beede performs a lyrical history of folk music with a number of unique, hand-made instruments that replicate ancient instruments.
   
Accommodations: Montgomery Presbyterian Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Trip to St. Augustine to see the Oldest House, Lightner Museum, Memorial Church, and Flagler College
(Wednesday, March 6)
   
 Breakfast: Dining Hall
 Morning: We start our day by visiting the Oldest House. Take a trip into pre-colonial times as you see how water was filtered, food stored, and how the Spanish and then the English lived. We will then travel to the old Alcazar Hotel, which is now the Lightner Museum and explore the amazing collection of Tiffany glass, scientific artifacts, beautiful antiques and much more.
 Lunch: We will enjoy a lunch provided by Montgomery Center in the Fellowship Hall of Memorial Presbyterian Church. After lunch we will tour the Sanctuary which was built by Henry Flagler.
 Afternoon: Enjoy the magnificence of one of Henry Flager's finest hotels, the Ponce de Leon. Enjoy the architectural beauty of this building as well as the amazement of the sanctuary built as a memorial to Henry Flagler's loved ones.
 Dinner: Dining Hall
 Evening: Cross Creek is a movie that further shows the life and times of Marjorie K. Rawlings in Northern Florida.
   
Accommodations: Montgomery Presbyterian Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Paynes Prairie and Morningside Nature Center
(Thursday, March 7)
   
 Breakfast: Dining Hall
 Morning: Over 20 distinct biological communities provide a rich array of habitats for wildlife, including alligators, bison, wild horses and over 270 species of birds exist inside Paynes Prairie. Exhibits and an audio-visual program at the visitor center explain the area?s natural and cultural history. A 50-foot-high observation tower near the visitor center provides a panoramic view of the preserve.
 Lunch: Box Lunch
 Afternoon: Participants travel back in time to the year 1870 and experience life on a Florida Farm. At Morningside Nature Center we will get a chance to experience what it was like to be at work a farm in Florida's early years.
 Dinner: Dining Hall
 Evening: Enjoy a relaxing evening of board games, puzzles, and/or cards with your new friends.
   
Accommodations: Montgomery Presbyterian Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Speaker and Program Conclusion
(Friday, March 8)
   
 Breakfast: Dining Hall
 Morning: J.T. Glisson returns to tie the week together with his wonderful stories.
 Lunch: Lunch in the Dining Hall. Program ends immediately after lunch.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


The Yearling


Author: Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings


Cross Creek


Author: Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings


The Creek


Author: J.T. Glisson




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