" Florida Cracker" Pioneer Educational Program 1821-1900's

In 1821, the United States bought Florida from Spain. Homesteading was encouraged by the government to develop the newly acquired territory. The rugged pioneers that settled the area were called "Florida Crackers." It is believed that they got this nickname because of the cracking sound their whips made as they herded cattle. In 1845 Florida became the 27th state of the Union.

Students will learn to appreciate these modern times when participating in daily living activities from the pioneer area.

Corn was a main food for the pioneer family. Mills like this were used to grind it into corn meal.

On Site Activities

 Corn shelling and milling

 Writing with a quill pen

 Old time games

 Cotton combing

 Sugar cane grinding

 Plowing and planting

 Using a pitcher pump

 Lasso station

 Sewing hornbook

"Very entertaining and better than I expected.  

It was my favorite thing I did."

 

-Kira, student Port Orange, FL

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Girl Scouts crush sugar cane

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 Florida Cracker