Humanities Faculty Articles & Other Works

Title

The Advocate

Document Type

Article

Published In

Oxford American Magazine

Publication Date

1-1-2003

Abstract

The ferryboat I’ve taken to Cumberland Island edges up to the Sea Camp dock along the western shoreline. Passengers disembark and mill along the quay outside the visitors’ center. Many of them are her to explore the Cumberland Island National National Seashore, which was established in 1972, or to spot some of the island’s famous “wild” horses; some hope to catch a glimpse of the ruins of Dungeness or other mansions built by the Carnegie family on the southern end of the island in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. But I am here to visit the field biologist Carol Ruckdeschel, a longtime resident of the north end of Cumberland whom I befriended five years ago while working on the island as an environmental educator for the National Park Service.