Whistle Talk Featuring Author Maurice Robinson
Author Maurice Robinson will speak about his new book, "Hidden History of Ponte Vedra," on Thursday, February 21, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Lecture is $5 per person and free for museum members. Refreshments will begin at 5:30 and the lecture will begin at 6:00. After the lecture, the author will be available for book signings. Copies of the book will be available through the museum bookstore.
Ponte Vedra is world renowned for its PGA dream course Sawgrass and fine beaches. But few know what occupied this community before tourists flocked to its shores. Robinson reveals a side of Ponte Vedra's story rarely heard before. Participants will learn about the community's history from its pre-colonial beginnings to the modern development of Nocatee. Highlights include how Native Americans interacted with the area before the arrival of the Spanish in 1513, how Spanish rule shaped the community, and America's first free Black settlement, Ft. Mosé.
Maurice Robinson was born in Virginia, and holds a bachelor's degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. He worked as an accountant for CSX Corporation for thirty-five years. In 1993, the company transferred him to Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, where he developed an interest in Northeast Florida's coastal topics, especially in St. Johns County. This is Robinson's second book on Ponte Vedra's history. He now resides with his wife in historic Midlothian, Virginia.