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

Program Number: 6651RJ
Start and End Dates:
2/23/2014 - 2/28/2014;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Starke, Florida
Price starting at: $629.00 - 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: Our hotel rooms offer two queen sized beds with linens, a private shower bath, and individual climate controlled heating and air conditioning. Each room has a sliding glass door that opens onto a small porch with chairs to lounge in while taking in the sights of the lakes and woods. Our cabins offer rooms with twin sized beds with linens, private shower, and individual climate controlled heating and air conditioning. Each room has a sliding glass door that opens onto a large deck with lots of seating to watch the sunset on one of our lakes. On Wednesday, our guests will have the option of changing our their towels for a fresh set. There is no housekeeping provided during the week's program.
  Facility amenities: Home-cooked meals, laundry facilities, lakes for fishing, walking trails, and RV spots. Wireless internet is available in the lounge as well as our dining and meeting rooms.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Price varies. Call for availability.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Price varies. Call for availability.
  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
 

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.

 

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.

 
Driving Directions
  I-10 from East or West Exit I-10 at State Road (SR) 301 (Exit 343 - Starke/Baldwin). Follow SR 301 South to Starke (about 26 miles). In Starke, turn LEFT onto Highway 100/Madison St. towards Keystone Heights (about 9 miles). Turn LEFT 1/2 mile past the Keystone Airport onto SE 9th Ave (turn is right after the large Montgomery Presbyterian Center sign). The Montgomery entrance is 100 yards from the turn on the left.
  I-75 from South Exit I-75 at State Road (SR) 222 (Exit 384 - Gainesville). Take SR 222/NW 39th Ave East to SR 24/NE Waldo Rd (about 9.5 miles). Take SR 24/NE Waldo Rd to Highway 301 in Waldo (about 11 miles) and turn Right to go North. Take Highway 301 to Starke, and turn Right onto Highway 100 West/Madison Ave towards Keystone Heights. Follow Highway 100 for about 9 miles. Turn Left 1/2 mile past the Keystone Heights Airport onto SE 9th Ave (turn is after the large Montgomery Presbyterian Center sign). The Montgomery entrance is 100 yards from the turn on the left.
  I-95 from the South Exit I-95 at Highway 100 (Exit 284 - Bunnell/Flagler Beach). Take Highway 100 West/Northwest through Keystone Heights (about 65 miles). Turn Right onto SE 9th Ave after Tony's Food Mart (Turn is in front of the large Montgomery Presbyterian Center sign). 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 settle in to accommodations. Fun filled orientation in the evening.
(Sunday, February 23)
   
 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: Tour Micanopy Museum and take a stroll into the quaint and quiet downtown of Micanopy. After lunch, enjoy a presentation by the Micanopy Regulars Soldiers. Cap off the day by exploring Marjorie K Rawlings home with a presentation by the docent there.
(Monday, February 24)

Note: Half a mile walk (round trip) between Micanopy museum and downtown where lunch will be. Bus is provided if needed.



   
 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: Author, Artist, Inventor, and Storyteller JT Glissen will fill our imaginations with tales of growing up in Cracker Country Florida next to Marjorie K Rawlings. In the afternoon enjoy free day options or stay on site and relax in the rocking chairs.
(Tuesday, February 25)

Note: Transportation is not provided to and from free afternoon activities.



   
 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: Spend the morning getting hands on at Morningside Nature Center, a living and working 1860s farm. In the afternoon, at La Chua Trail, learn about the Alachua County Sink and aquifer system while getting up close with over 50 alligators.
(Wednesday, February 26)

Note: The farm and the La Chua Trail require walking. Benches and tables are available at both locations. La Chua Trail begins around a quarter of a mile from the bus lot, with an optional 2 mile round trip walk to an observation tower.



   
 Breakfast: Dining Hall
 Morning: Participants travel back in time to the year 1860 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.
 Lunch: Box Lunch
 Afternoon: 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.
 Dinner: Dining Hall
 Evening: Play trivia based on information you learned during the week.
   
Accommodations: Montgomery Presbyterian Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: The best of St. Augustine all in one day. Visit Oldest House, Lightner Museum, Memorial Church and Flagler College. If you have been multiple times or never before, you will be intrigued by the new information you learn.
(Thursday, February 27)

Note: Bus transportation provided between each location, but walking is available. The St. Augustine Museums require walking and standing, there will be benches along the way though. Some stairs involved but elevators are available.



   
 Breakfast: Dining Hall
 Morning: We start our day by enjoying 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. 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: We will then visit 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.
 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 6: JT Glissen will be back to give us a few more stories about Marjorie K Rawlings and growing up in rural Florida. Program concludes after one last delicious lunch.
(Friday, February 28)
   
 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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