SWFAS DECEMBER 2018 FIELD TRIP TO MARCO ISLAND HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM

On Saturday December 8, 2018 a group of 22 SWFAS members and guests visited the Marco Island Historical Museum.

 

We were given an overview by a museum staff member to familiarize us with the layout of the museum and to answer any questions we might have. Of course, we were there to see the original ‘Cat’ that is on loan from the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. Seeing the ‘Cat’ was a real experience for each and every one of us. Discovered on Marco Island in 1896 by Frank Hamilton Cushing, the site he excavated held many other treasures made of wood that were preserved by the ‘muck’ that the building collapsed into.

 

The museum has upgraded much of the Native American section over the past two years in anticipation of the arrival of the ‘Cat’. The group was highly pleased with this trip, and for many, this was their first visit here. In the afternoon we traveled to Goodland, FL to the Little Bar for lunch. Goodland is a small fishing village that we found had excellent seafood and a great waterfront atmosphere.