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History of Chapman's Pond & Nature Trails

Our Community » Content » History of Chapman's Pond & Nature Trails

Click here to view a timeline map of Chapman's Pond and Nature Trails at Kanapaha.

More historical facts:

  • Area occupied by human cultures for the past 5,000 years
  • 16th century - Spanish conquistador Hernando de Soto passed through on his journey north.
  • 17th and 18th centuries - area included several Spanish missions attempting to convert Potano Indians.
  • Late 18th century - Potano tribes displaced by Seminole Indians.
  • During 18th century - The famed naturalist, William Bartram, wrote about the area's beauty and nature.
  • Late 19th century - Naturalist and ornithologist, Frank M. Chapman (the park's namesake), provided us with a written record of the animals that occupied this area in the previous 200 years.
  • Today - GRU has created a beautiful passive recreation park for the community that includes shallow ponds, streams, waterfalls and fountains.
  • To maintain this park, GRU recycles reclaimed water from the Kanapaha Water Reclamation Facility.
  • Chapman's Pond was added to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Great Florida Birding Trail in 2002.