Learn about sea serpents Feb. 18 at DeBary Historic Hall

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Scott MarloweDEBARY -- Scott Marlowe, author of “The Cryptid Creatures of Florida,” will discuss sea serpent sightings in Florida at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at DeBary Hall Historic Site, 201 Sunrise Blvd.

Marlowe is a cryptozoologist - a person who searches for animals whose existence has not been proven - and is known for his efforts to document sightings of bigfoot-like creatures known in Florida as the skunk ape. He has traveled the world for more than 30 years collecting and analyzing accounts of strange animal encounters and legends. He studied at Polk Community College and Rollins College and taught an online course called “Cryptids in Myth, Legend and Folklore” at Florida Keys Community College last fall.

Marlowe's discussion is part of Lemonade Lectures, a free learning series about local history, culture and destinations. The presentation will be in DeBary Hall’s stable. Light refreshments and lemonade will be served. The lecture series is sponsored by the Enterprise Historical Conservancy and Volusia County.

For information, please call Amber Patterson at 386-668-3840. DeBary Hall Historic Site, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is owned by the state and managed by the county’s Parks, Recreation and Culture Division. Tours of the 1871 hunting lodge are available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission prices are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $2 for children ages 3 to 12, and free for children 2 and younger.

For information about DeBary Hall and other upcoming events, visit www.debaryhall.com.

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