At the Theodore Roosevelt Area, visitors can experience miles of thickly wooded peaceful nature trails, vast grassland that supports both water and land animals, ancient piles of discarded oyster shells which yield clues about an extinct culture, and the legacy of preservation bequeathed to all by this property's last private owner, Willie Browne.
The Timucua were a group of Native Americans who lived in current-day southern Georgia and northern Florida. The Timucua practiced agriculture for much of their food, but also hunted and gathered. They worshipped primarily the sun and the moon, but they had other gods of importance. When Europeans first arrived in Florida in the 1500s, the Timucua occupied over 19,000 square miles of land and their population was likely about 200,000. However, by 1800, there were no more Timucua left. They had been completely wiped out. It is one of the goals of the Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve to remember how the Timucua lived since there are no Timucua left to tell their own stories.