Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve: Kingsley Plantation

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Visited: March 2019

Duration: 3-4 hours with the addition of Fort Caroline

The drive here from Timucuan Ecolgical and Historic Preserve (Fort Caroline) was a good time that included a car ferry.  You can see that here on our Fort Caroline blog. It was a beautiful drive down a gravel road after the turn off from the highway (see below). This is a gorgeous area of Northern Florida. So glad we found it.

 

Kingsley Plantation is a 60 acre unit of the 46,000 acre Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve in Jacksonville, Florida.  You can explore the grounds which include the oldest standing plantation house in Florida, the kitchen, barn and waterfront.  The remains of 25 slave cabins offer the most graphic evidence of slave living quarter and daily life experiences in the South.

We went to the visitor center and grabbed our Junior Ranger books and set off to explore the grounds. The self guided tour takes you to 7 stops and is really easy to do.

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The Main house
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The Waterfront 

Most plantations were located along waterways because transportation by ship or boat was the easiest way to get crops to market or bring in supplies.

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Slave Quarters

We headed back to the visitor center where we were taught how they harvested the cotton in this area. Pretty cool demo. We earned our Junior Ranger badges and we were off to St. Augustine.

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Here is the badge we earned and the cancellations we got.

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What a great morning and mid afternoon stop on the way from St. Mary, Georgia down to St. Augustine Florida! Have you been here? Is it on your list? 

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