Cultural Tours - The Gathering

Guided by pre-eminent scholars, local cultural and civic leaders, and long-time members of the communities we visit, FHC’s cultural heritage tours uncover the distinct qualities that define a community’s history and create its cultural identity. Come and discover a Florida not experienced by the casual tourist.

Clewiston: The Sweetest Town in Florida

February 6 - 8, 2015

Next spring, in the mild days of sugarcane harvest season, we’ll explore our rich agricultural heritage and traditions in the heartland of Florida – the Lake Okeechobee region.  Accompanied by ag experts, participants will ponder sugarcane growing as far as the horizon and learn about cane cutting and refining, as well as citrus processing.  Centuries of history come alive as we visit a cattle ranch and explore Florida cowboy traditions. Our explorations include a visit to the Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation for a specially guided tour of the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum.  Finally, authors and historians will give us rich context to consider why and how people have chosen to live in these unique ecosystems on the edge of the Everglades. 


Fort Myers: City of Palms, Calusa Country

Oct 10-12, 2014

Explore the charming riverside historic district of Fort Myers, learn about the sophisticated Calusa Indian civilization on nearby Pine Island, tour the winter estates of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford, and hear stories about sports-fishing circa 1900.  The cost includes our stay at the lovely downtown Hotel Indigo, great meals at local restaurants, and presentations and travel guided by area experts who will be available to answer any questions.

The Fort Myers Gathering is sold out. If you would like to added to a wait list please contact Laurie Berlin at 727-873-2006 or via e-mail to

Upcoming Gatherings, save the dates:

  • St. Augustine, April 2015



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