Egmont Key fun facts, by authors Don & Carol Thompson
Authors Don & Carol Thompson present the history of Egmont Key, from pre-Columbian Indians to present-day use as a nature preserve and base for Tampa Bay harbor pilots. Once home to 300 people, today the island's main inhabitants are gopher turtles and seabirds. Images of early Spanish maps, illustrations of Egmont's role during the Seminole Wars and the Civil War give you an appreciation of the history hinted at by artifacts you see on a kayak tour. Anecdotes and photos revisit the lives of lighthouse keepers and their families, Henry B. Plant's steamboat excursions to the island, and the building of Fort Dade in the Spanish American War era. The book "Egmont Key, A History" is available for purchase and signing at the event, so bring some cash along if you want to do some holiday shopping.