Hontoon Island State Park

The first inhabitants of the island were the Timucuan Indians. Snails gathered from the shallows of the St. Johns River were a staple food of these people. Through the years, the discarded shells accumulated to form large mounds on the island, one of which may be viewed on the park’s nature trail. Three remarkable artifacts have been found in the vicinity of Hontoon Island. A large owl totem, carved from a log and two smaller carvings of wood, one of an otter holding a fish and the other of a bird which is apparently a pelican. Replicas of two of the totems stand in the picnic area as a tribute to the artistry and craftsmanship of the extinct culture.The original owl carving is located in the Florida Museum of Natural History in Gainesville, Florida. A replica is located at Fort Caroline National Memorial in Jacksonville, Florida.

Internal Links:

Public Indian Sites of Florida: Florida Museum of Natural History
Public Indian Sites of Florida: Fort Caroline National Memorial

External Links:

Le Moyne’s Florida Indians @ TheNewWorld.us
Hontoon Island State Park
Volusia County History: Hontoon Island
Hontoon Island Foundation

Gary C. Daniels

Gary C. Daniels is an award-winning, Emmy-nominated television, video and multimedia writer and producer. He has a M.A. degree in Communications from Georgia State University in Atlanta, a B.F.A. degree in TV Production from the Savannah College of Art and Design and an A.A. degree in Art from the College of Coastal Georgia. He has appeared on the Travel Channel, Discovery Channel, Science Channel and History Channel. His History Channel appearance became the highest-rated episode in the network's history. He has a passion for Native American history and art. He is the founder and publisher of LostWorlds.org.