Come and learn about one of the historic gems of Highlands County. Join local historians for a tour of Archbold Biological Station during the upcoming “Walk through Time” on Saturday, April 7th, at 9:00am. Explore the historic buildings, which are on the National Historic Register. Find out about the accomplishments and activities of Archbold Biological Station since its founding, in 1941, as a biological field station. Hear stories about Richard Archbold, explorer and founder of Archbold, who contributed generously to establishing Archbold as a world-renowned facility for science, conservation, and education in Highlands County.
Fred Lohrer, Archbold Archivist, and Librarian will be one of the walking tour guides. Executive Director, Hilary Swain said "Fred Lohrer has worked at Archbold for more than forty years. Our guests will learn many of the behind-the-scenes stories as he shares his great knowledge of the history of the Station. He will lead the walking tour along Archbold's History Trail, detailing the adventures of founder Richard Archbold and his family and their love for science and nature."
“Richard Archbold was an aviator and explorer, who flew into areas unknown in the early twentieth century. He settled in Lake Placid hosting many of the top scientists from around the world,” stated Fred Lohrer. “He was also known in the Lake Placid community as one of the founders of Glades Electric Cooperative, which spread electricity to the region.”
The tour will start at the Frances Hufty Learning Center at Archbold Biological Station at 9 am, please plan to arrive early to sign-in. The walk will be on pavement and roads around the buildings. Please wear comfy shoes, sunblock, and hat, and bring your camera for great photos.
The mission of Archbold Biological Station is to build and share the scientific knowledge needed to protect the life, lands, and waters of the heart of Florida and beyond. Over the decades, thousands of students, scientists, and members of the public have discovered what makes Archbold a place like no other. You too can join the many who have come before to learn about this very special place in Highlands County.
Archbold Biological Station is located 8 miles south of Lake Placid 1.8 miles south of SR 70 on Old SR 8. Visit us at www.archbold-station.org. During business hours call 863-465-2571. The Welcome Office at the Learning Center will be staffed from 9am-1pm on Saturdays through April
Photo 1: 1935—The original Roebling Store House—now the Richard Archbold Research Center at Archbold Biological Station. Photo by Archbold Biological Station.