Pioneer Day is Quickly Approaching!
November 17 – Mark Your Calendars
Folkston, GA…..The Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge is busily preparing for the Pioneer Day Festival, hosted at the Chesser Island Homestead along the refuge’s Swamp Island Drive. Join us on Saturday November 17, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. for a fun-filled day of crafts, demonstrations, and bluegrass music.
Thanks to dedicated and hard-working volunteers, the Chesser Island Homestead has a newly-installed sugar cane grinder to demonstrate the process of grinding the sugar cane to extract juice for cane syrup. Come see the grinder and syrup shed in action, and purchase a jar of cane syrup to share with family and friends.
Children’s games and crafts, pioneer demonstrations, live animals, and educational displays will be available throughout the Chesser Island Homestead during the event. Visitors will also be able to tour the inside of the house and see the kitchen with authentic wood-burning stove in use. Activities and demonstrations will be going on throughout the day.
While on the refuge for Pioneer Day, be sure to stop by the Richard S. Bolt Visitor Center to learn more about the Okefenokee habitats and wildlife and to watch the award-winning film. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy in the picnic area, then walk some of the refuge’s hiking trails. Plan to spend the day enjoying this beautiful season in the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge.