Pine Level Site (8DE14) Listed on the National Register

The Pine Level site (8DE14) was recently listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) in recognition of the site’s importance to the history of south Florida. Founded in 1866, Pine Level was the county seat of first Manatee, then DeSoto County, and was a thriving community in the 1870s and 1880s. Bypassed by the railroad, Pine Level slowly died out by about 1900 and is now home to an orange orchard and a cow pasture. Recent archaeological investigations of the site were conducted with the combined efforts of the DeSoto County Historical Society, the Florida Public Archaeology Network, and the University of South Florida. These investigations showed that Pine Level contains important information about nineteenth-century frontier Florida, and suggested that the site should be preserved.

Jana Futch, an archaeologist with our Atlanta office, participated in the Pine Level investigations and wrote the site’s nomination for the NRHP. Ms. Futch will lead group tours of the site at the upcoming Pine Level Public Art and Archaeology Day, to be held on October 18, 2014. Along with archaeological activities, the event will feature an art competition focused on ideas and conceptions of Old Pine Level. All are invited to attend the event near Arcadia, Florida and celebrate Pine Level’s listing on the National Register!

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