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“Hidden history on a beautiful island.”

Kingsley Plantation
Ranked #8 of 188 things to do in Jacksonville
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 6 April 2018

Kingsley Plantation is a history lover's dream. Uncrowded and very quaint. You will see the plantation house, the carriage house, and the slave quarters of the people who cultivated cotton. The drive is a loop road of Fort George Island and very scenic with an oak canopy over most of the approximately eight mile road.You will see the middens which are trash mounds (oyster shells and bone) from the long gone natives who inhabited the island and they are everywhere. This site is ran by the National Park Service and a must see for anyone seeking to get off the main road and enjoy the beauty and solitude of unspoiled north Florida.

2  Thank Robert C
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Reviewed 27 March 2018 via mobile

Visited on a cold blustery day, but worth the stop. Sight is different from more northern plantations. The back story is different and enlightening. Make sure to go to visitors center first then tour about.

Thank kdnm
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Reviewed 25 March 2018

Kingsley Plantation and Timucan Ecological and Historic Preserve is WAY back in through swamps at the end of a gravel/dirt road, right on the river. Except for the actual cotton fields, you can easily imagine what the area looked like when it was a working plantation. This is the oldest standing plantation house in Florida, and the buildings and outdoor areas are well documented with signage and explanations. The ranger station/gift shop has good historic information about the family that owned it and their heirs.
It's easy to let your imagination fill in the gaps when you visit the house, and the outbuildings, and walk around the property.

2  Thank Seasoned L
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Reviewed 25 March 2018

The Kinsley Plantation is lovely. It provides us with a much needed history lesson. The main house was closed due to painting so we were a bit disappointed. The slave cabins were interesting to see. The walk around the grounds was beautiful, located right on the water.

2  Thank Lil P
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Reviewed 24 March 2018 via mobile

Interesting historical site, one of few Florida plantations with preserved slave cabins. No charge to walk around and take a self tour. Evidently house is empty and only open on weekends. When we were there so were the painters. Kitchen house with tabby floors worth a walk through. Small bookstore with FL and slave history. Many of these sites bypass the full history, but this one gives details of all people who lived here.

Thank Melinda P
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