Home to abundant and rare wildlife and providing many recreational opportunities, the St. Marks NWR also encompasses and manages significant cultural resources. The mission of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats. This includes protecting, conserving and interpreting many important national cultural resources.
In order to fulfill some of the goals the Refuge listed in their Comprehensive Conservation Plan, the Association received a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to produce and install a series of interpretive signs and informational brochures about some of the resources. Additional assistance was provided by refuge volunteers, the Florida Division of Historical Resources, Bureau of Archaeological Research, the Wakulla County Historical Society, State Archives of Florida, Mays Leroy Gray, TexasBeyondHistory.net, Texas Archeological Research Laboratory, and The University of Texas at Austin.
View a History and Culture Timeline for the St. Marks NWR and vicintity.
|Historical and Cultural Signs|
St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge History Trail
|Location||Historical Site [Click below]||G P S [Click for maps]|
|1||Wakulla Beach||Wakulla Beach Hotel|
West Goose Creek Seineyard
|N 30° 6.316'|
W 84° 15.703'
|2||Plum Orchard||Port Leon||N 30° 9.099'|
W 84° 8.892'
|N 30° 7.797'|
W 84° 8.710'
|4||Mounds Station||Shell Mounds|
|N 30° 5.282'|
W 84° 9.869'
|5||St. Marks Lighthouse||Lighthouse|
|N 30° 4.658'|
W 84° 10.955'
|6||Mandalay Road||Aucilla River||N 30° 6.985'|
W 83° 58.769'
|The St. Marks Refuge Association, Inc., with a matching grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, produced the signs and brochures for the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge History Trail. The Association is a 501(c)(3) organization that supports educational, environmental, and biological programs of St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge. 9/2010|