Merritt Island, FL–Celebrating the early settlers of Merritt Island on “Pioneer Day” at two of their historic sites will take guests back in history through art, music, food, presentations, archaeology, and nature. A festival is planned for Saturday, February 10th, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at both the Sams House/Pine Island Conservation Area and St. Luke’s Episcopal Church located on a Spanish moss-lined stretch of North Tropical Trail just north of the Barge Canal on North Merritt Island.
This family friendly day includes activities from past festivals as well as new attractions. Parking is available at both locations for a suggested donation of $1 with free shuttle service between the two venues. Visit here for a list of events at the Sams House.
Events at St. Luke’s (10 am to 4 pm):
This year’s theme is The Early Years. Visitors can learn about the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse and Dennis Sawyer, who started Merritt Junior High and began the Mount Olive Church. Also available are three guided cemetery tours each with a unique theme. In addition to the tours will be a “Cemetery Stroll”, where volunteers dressed in period attire talk about life in their day.
10:15 St. Luke’s Cemetery Tour – “An Archeologist Perspective” – Molly Thomas
11:00 “The Discovery of Cape Canaveral and What Happened Afterwards” – Dr. Sonny Witt
11:30 St. Luke’s Cemetery Tour – “Founding Families”
12:00 Homemade soups ($5)
12:30 – 2:00 Cemetery Stroll
2:00 “In Celebration of Black History Month: The Legacy of Dennis Sawyer” – Roz Foster
2:30 St. Luke’s Cemetery Tour – “Thru the Ages”
Fish Fry Dinner at 4:30 and 5:30 seatings (ticket sale starts Jan. 7 by calling 321-452-5260. $9 advance * / $10 day of)
* Advanced tickets must be purchased by and paid for by February 3
About St. Luke’s Episcopal Church:
The historic chapel onsite was built in 1888 with the help of Sams, LaRoche, and Porcher families. Many early pioneers, including John Sams, are buried in the church’s cemetery. The Church is located at 5555 N. Tropical Trail, just 1.1 miles south of Sams House at Pine Island. For information call 321-452-5260 or visit our website at http://www.stlukesmi.org/