Tavern Life in Colonial Florida
The Amelia Island Museum of History, 233 S. Third St., will host the next 3rd on 3rd Street Presentation on Friday, June 17, at 6 p.m. Special guest Dr. Diana Reigelsperger will present Order, Excess and Revolution: Tavern Life in Colonial Florida.
Taverns were a fixture of colonial life, providing centers for trade, lodging, gambling, entertainment and of course, drinking. Colonial authorities also saw them as potential sites of subversion, where clandestine meetings, illicit trade and treasonous talk might go unnoticed. Taverns were a central part of the public sphere in the colonial world. This was particularly true in Florida during the second Spanish period from 1784 to 1821.
This time period coincided with the age of revolutions across the rest of the Atlantic world, and authorities were on the alert for any revolutionary plots. Nor were their fears unfounded. Conspiracies ran rampant during this period and colonial authorities struggled to maintain order despite the daily subversion taking place in taverns across the colony.
This program is free for museum members, with a suggested donation of $5 for non-members. Seating is first-come/first-served.
For information, contact Gray at 261-7378, ext. 102, or firstname.lastname@example.org.