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“The Historic Turpentine Industry in Florida”

April 20 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

The Historic Turpentine Industry in Florida Event April 20

In the early 1900s, north Florida’s vast pine forests oozed a golden elixir – the resin that fueled the turpentine industry, which played an important role in the region’s economy. Distilled from the resin tapped from pine trees, turpentine was used in myriad critical ways: as caulking on wooden ships, as a solvent in paints and varnishes, and as an ingredient in insecticides, shoe polish and medicines.

The fascinating story of the important role turpentine played in this region’s history will be the subject of a presentation on April 20, at 2 pm in the Hawthorne Area Historical Museum.

The guest speaker will be Dr. Alan Hodges of the Turpentine Education Center at the Austin Carey Forest in Waldo. An extension scientist with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS), Hodges also has firsthand knowledge: his family was involved in the industry in the Jacksonville area.

In the course of his career, Dr. Hodges developed a tapping system that proved to be a labor-saving alternative to conventional methods and he has conducted programs worldwide on that technology. For the past 34 years, Dr. Hodges has worked in the IFAS Food and Resources Department and is an affiliate faculty member in UF’s School of Forest Resources and Conservation. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago and master’s and doctoral degrees from UF in Agricultural and Biological Engineering.

Refreshments will be served. Free and Open to the public. Donations are accepted.


April 20
2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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Hawthorne Historical Museum and Cultural Center
7225 SE 221 Street
Hawthorne, FL 32640 United States
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