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24th Annual Candlelight Tour

Florida Public Archaeology Network to Unveil Wayside Exhibit

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Torreya State Park will host the 24th Annual Candlelight Tour Event on Saturday, February 2, 2013 from 12 noon-Sunset Eastern Time. Visitors will enjoy authentic blacksmith demonstrations, civil war camp along with the firing of cannons, live bluegrass with local musicians, candle dipping and other exhibits. Kids will have the opportunity to see fire trucks up close and personal. The Florida Public Archaeology Network will attend the event to install and unveil new wayside exhibits at the Confederate batteries located at the park. Additionally, archaeologist Brian Mabelitini from the archaeological firm Gray & Pape, Inc. will deliver a lecture on the history and excavation of the batteries at 2:00 p.m. at the Historic Gregory House followed by an expert guided tour of the archaeological site. Mr. Mabelitini wrote his master’s thesis about the Civil War batteries located at Torreya State Park while attending the University of West Florida. He currently works for Gray & Pape, Inc. headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. Established in 1987, Gray & Pape, Inc. is a distinguished full-service cultural resources management and historic preservation consulting firm. Headquartered in Cincinnati, OH, the firm also has regional offices in Richmond, VA, and Providence, RI. Their professional staff includes individuals with experience in all phases of cultural resources studies, from archival research and analysis of cultural landscapes to archaeological and architectural site survey. Additional in-house capabilities cartography, historical research, prehistoric lithics and ceramics analysis, historic artifact analysis, faunal and floral analysis, and marine archaeology, remote sensing research, and maritime history. Tours of the Historic Gregory House will begin at 10:00 a.m. and will continue every hour on the hour until 4:00 p.m. At sunset, the Historic Gregory House doors will be opened for a leisurely tour, free of charge. All donations will benefit the park’s citizen support organization, the Friends of Torreya State Park.

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