12th Annual Silver River Knap-In and Prehistoric Arts Festival

February 18th – 19th, 2023 | 9 AM – 4 PM Educational festival highlighting prehistoric Native Americans cultures. Learn how to make stone tools, bows and arrows, pottery, buckskin leather, baskets and cordage from natural fibers, carve dugout canoes and more. Event includes a free traditional archery range with instructors. Presentations by professional archaeologists and Native …

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2022 Ocali Country Days

November 12th – 13th, 2022 | 9 AM – 4 PM $8 per person with children 5 and under FREE. Ocali Country Days is back this fall! Old time pioneer skills demonstrations, unique artwork and crafts for sale, live music, great food, Silver River Museum exhibits, historical interpreters and more. Visitors experience the Florida of …

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11th Annual Silver River Knap-In

February 19th – 20th, 2022 | 9 AM – 4 PM The Silver River Knap-In and Prehistoric Arts Festival is the largest event of its kind in the southeast and takes place on the third weekend of each February. Flint Knapping is the art of recreating ancient stone tools like spear points and arrow heads. …

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2021 Ocali Country Days

November 13th – 14th, 9 AM – 4 PM Ocali Country Days is back this fall. The festival runs through the weekend of November 13-14 with live music, historic displays, vendors, great food, unique crafts for sale and more. $8 per person with children 5 and under free. Visitors experience the Florida of yesteryear with …

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Godwin Family Cane Syrup

Godwin Family Cane Syrup. In the years before modern grocery stores, sugar was made from locally grown sugar cane. The process was labor intensive and involved preparing the land, planting “seed” cane, harvesting by hand, grinding the stalks to squeeze out the raw cane juice and boiling the juice into syrup. While cane syrup is …

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Fossil Mastodon Tooth

Fossil Mastodon Tooth. Mastodons lived in Florida during the last ice age (Pleistocene Epoch) and were ancient relatives of the modern elephant. These massive creatures ate leaves, twigs and brush, and had large dental cusps to grind their plant diet. We know Mastodons, along with other now-extinct animals like camels, saber-tooth cats, and giant ground …

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Souvenir Felt Pennant

Souvenir Felt Pennant, Silver Springs. As football became a popular college sport during the early 1900s the production of felt pennants soared. Early pennants featured a school or team name and were popular with college students (likely displayed on the walls of dorms across the country). Several decades later the fad caught on with tourist …

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Prehistoric Stone Tools

Prehistoric Stone Tools. These stone points, typically referred to as “arrow heads,” were actually not used on arrows (they were made by Native Americans many years before the bow and arrow were developed in North America). Prehistoric people in Florida had no access to metals like iron and used local chert (also called flint) to …

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“Palm Springs” Water Can

Can of “Palm Springs” brand spring water. This vintage can of Florida spring water likely dates to the early 1960s and was a sign of things to come. Although this can was probably sold as a souvenir or novelty, selling bottled water has become a multibillion dollar industry and is the source of much debate. …

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