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Book-signing and history fun at Bulow Plantation Ruins

Spiders are often seen along trails in the woods in Florida.
Spiders are often seen along trails in the woods in Florida.
Bridget Cohen

Bulow Plantation Ruins Historic State Park invites everyone to celebrate Literacy Month with them at an event featuring historian and Bulow Gold author, William Ryan, on September 13, 2014. Ryan will lead a history talk about the once thriving sugar mill plantation that once stood on the site and be available for a book signing.

Participants will have an opportunity to meet members of the newly formed friends group, Bulow Parks Historic Alliance, at the open house event. They may even be surprised by a visitor or two from the past to help tell the Bulow story.

In Bulow Gold the author William Ryan tells the story through the journal of Aunty Mary, a slave and housekeeper of the Bulow family who built on of the largest plantations in Florida in 1821. The historical novel is a combination of well-researched historical facts and a story-line Ryan refers to as factual historic fiction. "It is what I think really happened," he explained of the story that includes missing treasure, struggle to survive during the turbulent times of the Second Seminole War.

William Ryan resides in Flagler County where he is the director of the Flagler County Historic Society. He has spent twenty years or more tracing the nearly vanished Old Kings Road built by Colonial British to use as a primary route into Florida. His desire is to use his past career in technology imaging and photography to film and record and as much of the old highway constructed prior to the American Revolution.

Join Ryan and other history buffs on September 13 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. to celebrate literacy and learn the fascinating history of the the Bulow plantation. Refreshments will be served. Park entrance fees will be waived for anyone showing a library card, or donating a new or gently-used book. For more information about the Bulow Plantation Ruins Historic State Park visit the park website.