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Martha Jane’s Cracker Florida

July 18 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Main Branch Adult Programs


The Friends of the Main Library is pleased to present “Martha Jane’s Cracker Florida!” by Dianne Jacoby.

Stalwart Florida Cracker Martha Jane Pacetti tells, in her earthy style, of her early struggles living in the primitive Florida of the 1800’s. Born on the Spruce Creek, she marries at 14 to a fisherman in his forties who owned all of what is today south Daytona Beach. They were married at Dunlawrton Plantation. Her first home on the River was near the Inlet and made of driftwood. They were the first white settlers to live in that region.
She endured the Indian Wars as a child and then the Civil War separated the couple but through hard work they created a thriving business as fishing guides to the wealthy visitors from Flagler’s hotels before selling land for the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse to the Federal Government. Throughout the years Martha encountered fascinating Florida pioneers from struggling working men to millionaires from the north seeking a tropical paradise and a good meal at her renown boarding house built at the Lighthouse. Martha Jane lived many adventures both tragic and amusing in rugged early Florida and she just loves to talk about it all.

Dianne Jacoby is a proud fourth generation Floridian. As a historical dramatist, she writes, researches, and performs one woman shows throughout the country. She co-founded The Double Trouble Theatre Co., specializing in sixteenth-century Spanish Comedia, Murder Mysteries, and Ghost Theatre. She has performed in PBS documentaries, educational films, and a variety of live theater. Ms. Jacoby has enacted living history throughout the eastern seaboard as personas both male and female in time periods from 1513-1915. She is certified in black powder and fire pistol, musket, and cannon! A graduate of Stetson University, she lectures, performs, and coordinates Stetson University’s Roadscholar programs as an adjunct professor. As an educator she taught for many years in south Florida, and was also an adjunct professor of Art at Flagler College for ten years.

This program is free and open to the public and RSVP is required for this event. The event will take place at The Waterworks, 184 San Marco Ave., which shares a parking lot with the Main Library. Seating begins at 1:00 pm, and the presentation starts promptly at 2:00 pm. Reservations are required due to limited capacity. For more information, please call the Main Library at 904-827-6940.

The Waterworks is available through the generosity of the City of St. Augustine and the St. Johns Cultural Council.


July 18
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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The Waterworks next to Main Library
184 San Marco Ave.
St Augustine,, FL United States
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