Blackwater Maritime Heritage Trail: A Model for Site Interpretation

Author(s): Benjamin Wells

Year: 2014


Maritime heritage trails are a valuable technique to share cultural and historical resources with the public in a manner that emphasizes the availability and responsibility local citizens and visitors have to enjoy and care for them. The major issuing confronting those responsible for developing such projects is the degree to which these sites should be interpreted. The proposed Blackwater Maritime Heritage Trail is ideally positioned to bridge this gap. This project seeks to develop a model for public interpretation that ranks sites based on key components such as significance, accessibility, preservation, and several other factors. The portion of the river under proposition extends from Bagdad, Florida, north to the town of Milton. Both towns and the area between have been home to prehistoric and historic peoples and is rich in both natural and historic assets. Originating from local impetus, this project will bring together economical, historical, and communal interests while following an archaeological approach that properly manages the sites for those enjoying the Blackwater Maritime Heritage Trail.

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Blackwater Maritime Heritage Trail: A Model for Site Interpretation. Benjamin Wells. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2014 ( tDAR id: 437432)

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PaperId(s): POS-99,21