July Promises to Be Busy Month At Sams House
By Space Coast Daily // June 26, 2012
Many Free Activities Offered
BREVARD COUNTY • MERRITT ISLAND, FLORIDA – July will once again be one of the busiest months of the year for activities at Merritt Island’s historical Sams House at Pine Island.
Each Saturday in July at Sams House will feature a special event tied into the historical significance of the area.
From 10 to 11:30 a.m. July 7, 2012, travel writer and historian Dianne Marcum will take visitors to Sams House on a journey through the history of travel and tourism in Brevard County. For centuries, nomadic tribes, adventurers, entrepreneurs and vacationers have been drawn to Brevard County’s unique mix of natural resources, wildlife and space-age technology.
Visitors to Sams House July 14 can learn about pioneer John H. Sams’ from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in a special presentation. Sams was a citrus farmer and built the oldest standing home in Brevard County, the 1875 called Sams cabin. He also served as Brevard County’s first superintendent of schools.
From 10 to 11:30 a.m. July 21, visitors to Sams House will be able to trace their own family tree using the British Royal Family Pedigree as a template. Guests are encouraged to bring photos of their grandparents, parents and siblings. If you are missing some photos of family members, bring pictures from magazines as a placeholder and all craft materials will be provided.
From 10 to 11:30 a.m. July 28, Roz Foster of the North Brevard Heritage Foundation will appear at Sams Hou8se and talk about the towens and communities where the Kennedy Space Center is now located in a presentation called “Lost Communities of North Merritt Island.”
Also from 2 to 3 p.m. July 26, Vera Zimmerman, the,education chairman of the Brevard Genealogical Society, will teach visitors about the basics of genealogy in a special Thursday program at Sams House called “His Story, Her Story, Your Story … Getting Started with Genealogy.”
The Sams House at Pine Island is owned and managed by the Brevard County Environmentally Endangered Lands Program and is at 6195 North Tropical Trail on Merritt Island, a half-mile west of State Road 3.
The center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays to Saturdays.
Tours of the cabin and the adjacent 1888 home are offered at 3 p.m. every Thursday.
For more information about Sams House, call 321- 449-4720.