Author Tracy J. Revels has released an updated edition of her wonderful book “Watery Eden” published in 2002. Both books deal with the history of Wakulla Springs.
The new book “Upon the Face of the Waters, A Brief History of Wakulla Springs” is published by Sentry Press, Tallahassee is in cooperation with the Friends of Wakulla Springs State Park.
Revels begins by telling us that thanks to pollution, there are no longer glass-bottomed boats on Wakulla Springs because those miraculously clear waters have been tainted and dimmed by human activity.
Revels recounts the strange and sometimes bizarre history of a body of water unlike any other in the world. She clearly sketches Edward Ball who considered the spring a personal possession of great worth and sought to control access.
Another section is devoted to Ken Kirton, who fought unsuccessfully to commercialize the adjacent area.
We learn of environmentalists, filmmakers, synchronized swimmers and mastodons all of whom have played a role in defining the great spring.
Revels’ style of writing is accessible and clear and her subject matter speaks to a wider audience than one might initially expect because universal themes of conservation and exploitation are embodied in the history of Wakulla Springs.
Susan Wolfe, owner of Forgotten Coast Books, worked with Bob Holladay of Sentry Press, to encourage Revels and Madeleine Carr, of Friends of Wakulla Springs, to consider a new paperback edition, due to public demand. Revels graciously created this new and updated edition, which will now be available to the public.
Revels is the author of several other notable books, including the recently-published “Florida’s Civil War: Terrible Sacrifices” (2016) and “Grander in Her Daughters: Florida’s Women During the Civil War,” which received the Rembert Patrick Prize as the best academic work in Florida history.
For more information on the book signing, please contact Forgotten Coast Used and Out of Print Books at 653-2080.