on the Ellicott Line|
17-20 September 2014
Admiral Semmes Hotel
Featuring Andrew Ellicott’s survey of the 31st Parallel, the “Line of Demarcation” between the United States and Spain as specified in the 1795 Treaty of San Lorenzo.
Who Owned the Gulf Coast (and When)?
• Thomas M. Besch, P.S., The University of Akron
CSS Alabama: Its role in one of the most important arbitrations in modern history
• C. Barton Crattie
1. The Origins of Colonial Title to Lands in the Mobile Bay Region and The Ellicott Stone, the Point of Beginning for the PLSS in Alabama - &
2. The Ellicott Stone, the point of beginning for the USPLSS in Alabama
• Greg Spies, PLS, Archaeotechnics
The Art of Finding Survey Mounds After 200 Years
• Milton, Denny, PLS, Denny Enterprises LLC
Andrew Ellicott, the Spanish in Natchez and the 1795 Treaty of San Lorenzo
• William Morton, MD, JD
General Land Office Surveys in Mississippi
• Roffie Burt, PE, PLS, Associate Professor Emeritus, Mississippi State
Surveying the Line of Demarcation
• Larry Crowley, PE, PhD, Professor, Auburn University
Special guest Appearance by Andrew Ellicott, speaking on the Hardships of surveying the Line of Demarcation
Registration form available at surveyorsrendezvous.org
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Laid-back Southern Hospitality!
Rendezvous ’14 will be held in the 300 year-old port city of Mobile, Alabama, a city rich in history. Mobile has flown the flags of six countries: France,
Spain, England, the United States, the Confederacy, and the short-lived Republic of West Florida. This gracious southern city has the country's oldest
Mardi Gras celebration, beautiful waterways, fresh seafood and so much more. Founded in 1702, Mobile offers a unique Southern experience you won't find
Historic Hotel, Great Location!
Rendezvous Headquarters is the Admiral Semmes Hotel, located in downtown Mobile, within walking distance of shops, restaurants and attractions. The SHS
conference rate is $106.00 per night and includes two continental breakfasts per room. Parking is $7.00 per day. Individual attendees are responsible for their own room reservations. Reservations can be made by calling the Admiral Semmes Hotel at
251-432-8000. Ask for the SHS Conference Room Block before August 14, 2014, to guarantee your rate. (Please note: Reservations made through another means,
or utilizing another discount program, will not guarantee you the SHS conference rate; and reservations for other accommodations will not count toward the
SHS room block.)
Great Venues, Fun Activities!
Thursday CPD sessions will be held in the wardroom of the Battleship USS Alabama, permanently anchored in Mobile Bay at Battleship Park. A Southern BBQ lunch will be served on the fantail of the ship.
On Friday, we will move a little further down the causeway to the Five Rivers Delta Resource Center. After a fish fry lunch, we’ll have our annual meeting, swap meet, and a swamp tour for those who wish to get a closer look at the wildlife of the Bay.
Friday evening is Mardi Gras!
Our banquet and auction will be held in the Admiral Semmes ballroom. Get your costumes ready for a New Orleans-style event. Laissez les bon temps rouler!
will feature a dedication of an SHS marker at the Ellicott Stone (the Initial Point of the St. Stephens meridian, located north of town). Milton Denny will
then lead interested parties on a search for mounds set by Andrew Ellicott along the Line of Demarcation.
The Spouse Program (Thursday) will include a motor coach trip to Bellingrath Gardens and Home. Lunch will be served at the Magnolia Restaurant on the grounds. In the afternoon, guests will tour historic Mobile. Tea will be served in the historic DAR House, a beautiful Italianate-style townhouse. On Friday, guests will join conference attendees at Five Rivers.