Friday, April 22, 2011

Seminole Rest- One component of the Canaveral National Seashore
Resting alongside the Atlantic Ocean, Canaveral National Seashore offers more sights to see and places to explore than an ordinary person can handle in one day! With historical and archaeological significance spanning from prehistoric stories to those of the aerospace program, Canaveral encourages intrigue and the use of imagination. While visiting, you have endless options: swimming, tanning, fishing, boating, exploring the historic Eldora State House, visiting Turtle Mound, Seminole Rest and other mounds, traveling nature trails by foot and vehicle. 
One of the mounds at Seminole Rest

A view of the water from the mound. No wonder people chose to live here.

Beautiful historic home of the Snyder family, an early group of preservationists!

Along the coast of New Smyrna, Oak Hill, Edgewater, Titusville, and Cocoa, the National Seashore harbors fascinating remnants of history and fantastic natural views. There are over 120 recorded archaeological sites in the park. Some of these sites date between 2000-500 BCE (before the common era). I recently visited Seminole Rest, prehistoric shell mound with two historic house structures atop of it. Interpretive displays dot the loop around the site. An archaeological display rests in the heart of the walk-- the historic Instone home. Unfortunately, I visited before the museum opened. Peeking through the windows revealed panels talking about archaeology, excavation, as well as a projected dig.
Signage describing archaeology and excavations of the mound. Hurrah!
As the weekend approaches, Canaveral National Seashore makes the ideal location for relaxation, exploration, and fun education. For more information about the park and things to do while visiting, check out the NPS website.

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