Historic Site Provides Glimpse Into Brevard’s Past
By Space Coast Daily // April 20, 2012
BREVARD COUNTY • MERRITT ISLAND, FLORIDA – One of the most historic sites in all of Brevard County joinedf a celebration of archeology throughout the entire month of March and a program of new activities is planned throughout the summer.
The Sams House at Pine Island offered a variety of free activities throughout the month as part of the observance of Archeology Month worldwide.
All month, the Sams House visitors learned about Ice Age megafuana and ancient peoples who once resided in Pine Island.
A presentation in the Sams House cabin including a short walk to the burial mound located onsite was given March 10 and then repeated March 24.
Here’s a rundown of other events held in March at the Sams House site:
• On March 16, Florida Public Archeology Network Regional Director Rachel Wentz gave a presentation at Sams House about what life was like for the earliest Native Americans in Florida.
• Sams House visitors learned how plants have been important for people throughout time with a History Garden Tour on March 17.
• Florida Public Archeology Network Outreach Coordinator Gregg Harding led two hands-on archeology activities perfect for elementary and middle school children March 30 at Sams House. The “Chocolate Chip Cookie Excavation” offered participants the basics of archeology by using cookies. In “Atlatl Antics,” participants practiced a primitive form of hunting.
• Two hikes along the half-mile nature trail showcasing the unique history and ecology of Pine Island were offered March 23 at the Pine Island Nature Walk and March 31 at the Pioneer Pathways Nature Walk.
John Sams built the oldest standing home in Brevard County in 1875 called Sams cabin. He was a citrus grower, businessmen and the first superintendent of Brevard Public Schools.
Tours of the Sams cabin and the adjacent 1888 home are offered every Thursday at 3 p.m.
The Sams House at Pine Island is located at 6195 North Tropical Trail on Merritt Island, a half-mile west of State Road 3.
The site is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays.
For more information about Sams House, call 321-449-4720.