Key Limes, Bonefish and Hurricanes: The Lancelot Jones Story

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Key Limes, Bonefish and Hurricanes: The Lancelot Jones Story

February 9, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

with Dr. John Nordt, Historian

Sponsored in memory of Robert L. Mitchell

Attend in person or participate virtually!

This talk centers around Lancelot Jones and his family, who were a part of the pioneer community on Elliott Key and other nearby islands at the northern end of the Florida Keys.  Spanning the late 19th into 20th century, the Jones family amassed significant acreage for farming pineapples and Key limes, becoming one of the largest Key lime producers in Florida prior to World War II.  In the post-War years, Lancelot gained prominence as a fishing guide, plying the waters of Biscayne Bay with a client list that included three U.S. presidents. Through the lens of this family, we also learn of the history of Coconut Grove, Key Biscayne, and Biscayne Bay as well as pioneer life in the Keys from wrecking, agriculture, development, and ultimately the creation of Biscayne National Park.

Free for members.
Non-members: In-person, $10; Virtual only, $5.

Register for the February 9 Lecture Here
Member priority registration through Wednesday, Feb. 2 at 5 p.m.
All in-person registration closes Tuesday, Feb. 8 at 5 p.m.
Virtual only registration closes Wednesday, Feb. 9 at 5 p.m.


February 9, 2022
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Keys History & Discovery Center
82100 Overseas Hwy
Islamorada, FL 33036 United States
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