Museum Offers Pirate Program, Exhibit in June

By Meaghan Goepferich Posted on June 3, 2023

The Golden Age of Piracy is a common designation for the period between the 1650s and the 1730s, when maritime piracy was a significant factor in the histories of the North Atlantic and Indian Oceans.

Museum Offers Pirate Program, Exhibit in June

On Thursday, June 8, 2023, the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum will host their free, monthly Coffee and Conversations lecture on the topic, in conjunction with their temporary “Florida Pirates” exhibit.

Mr. Tom Ritchie, a local historian with the Floral City Heritage Council, will present: “Those Bloody Pirates: The Golden Age of Piracy.” Doors open at 6:00pm for after-hours access to the museum, with the lecture beginning at 7:00pm. Free light refreshments will be provided.

The “Florida Pirates” exhibit opened on Saturday, May 6 and will be on display through July 29. The exhibit contains examples and replicas of what Spanish coins and pirate treasure looked like, along with
weaponry of the age and more.

The Old Courthouse also houses a permanent exhibit of the earliest history of the area. This historical downtown gem has proudly stood for over 110 years and, although the business of the court is no longer
transacted here, it is still an important pillar to the community. Museum hours are Tuesday through
Saturday between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm (closed on Sundays and Mondays).

For more information or to register, please call (352) 341-6428 or e-mail



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