The Florida Scenic Highways Program is an FDOT sponsored, grassroots-based program designed to showcase the unique resources found along Florida’s highways. The program encourages local communities to preserve, maintain, protect and enhance their outstanding cultural, historical, archaeological, recreational, natural, and scenic resources. The Heritage Crossroads: Miles of History Heritage Byway spans 92 miles within Flagler, St. Johns, and Volusia counties. This byway organization is comprised of volunteers who advocate for the preservation of the region’s heritage and history.
Recently, the byway organization vice chair Dr. Nancy Duke-Birkhead, a professor at Daytona State College, challenged students in her American History classes to learn more about the community they live in. Student teams selected historical resources located along the byway to investigate. The goal was to learn about the resources that contribute to Flagler County’s long history. The students reviewed historical files, listened to guest lecturers, field reviewed their subject resource and prepared a poster board on the results of their research. The poster boards were displayed at Flagler County’s Creekside Festival in late October where the students answered questions on their research from festival attendees. All agreed that understanding the roots of one’s community makes history come alive.