The Palm Valley Community Center at 148 Canal Boulevard in Palm Valley, Florida, hosts the first annual Palm Valley History Festival on Saturday, April 22, 2023, from 1:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Palm Valley, the community west of A1A on Ponte Vedra Beach, area of Ponte Vedra has a rich history that includes Native Americans, Spanish settlers, ranching, and contretemps between Spain and Britain in 1739. The settlers who had made homes in this area, raised cattle, farmed, logged, and sold palm fronds to religious groups. During prohibition, some of the residents turned to moonshine to supplement their incomes.
The festival will celebrate the history of Palm Valley, particularly that of the pioneer families and their descendants. The day will include storytellers, book authors, arts, and crafts. Historian Scott Grant will share his visual presentation of the history of the area, including the indigo plantation, sheriffs who made moonshine, and Nazi spies.
In addition, there will be a farmer's market and live music. The event also celebrates the 75th anniversary of the opening of the Palm Valley Community Center, home of one of the oldest community associations in North Florida.
When: Saturday, April 22, from 1:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Where: Palm Valley Community Center, 148 Canal Boulevard, Ponte Vedra, Florida 32082