pictured is little florence cove on the east bank of the st. johns river. william bartram established a indigo and rice plantation on this site in 1766. william bertram was the son of john bertram who was the royal botanist for king george III. both william and john explored much of central and north florida and published essays on the flora and fauna of frontier florida. the bartram plantation was a economic failure and william bartram returned to england in 1767. in the 1770's william bartram returned to american and wrote "travels through north and south carolina, georgia, and east and west florida" in 1791. this book was a very popular travel story in england at the time. today this land is privately owned but you can see the site from SR 16.
mama and papa gus are two of the most famous residents in green cove springs. on this site the gustafson's established their dairy with one cow in 1908. in 1925 the dairy was moved to it's present location on SR 15A. today gustafson's dairy is one of the largest in florida and distributes their dairy products all over the state.
the old clay county jail is located next to the old clay county courthouse in the clay county historic park. the old clay county jail was built in 1894. today the old jail is home to the clay county archives. see my warning and dangers tip for another view of this site.
the clay county history and railroad museum is located in the old clay county courthouse on walnut street. the museum has an interesting collection of rail road artifacts and exhibits on the history of green cove springs and clay county. note: only open on sundays 2:00 to 5:00 PM.
green cove spring is enclosed by a concrete barrier and the spring water is channeled into a public pool. once the water flows through the pool it goes over a small water fall into green cove springs run. for pool hours and admission check with the city hall clerk next door.
My sister and I found out that this trail only works if you can read the map. I guess we couldn't read it too well and we got really, really lost.....it was hot as H*** and I would suggest bringing water and a compass on this hike...but it's a fantastic place to hike and ends up a long the River at some point..There's an observation tower, although we were sooo lost we couldn't find it..We reallized after we left that there were 2 entrances and the map only works from the one on the East.....
pictured is the old green cove springs rail road depot. this tiny depot is located next to the old clay county courthouse in the clay county museum complex.
green cove springs city pier is located on walnut street and the st. johns river. the pier offers a great view of the st. johns river and is a good fresh water fishing spot.
pictured is green cove springs run that flows through spring park into the st. johns river. springs park is a very nice place to visit in downtown green cove springs.
green cove spring is a tiny spring located in spring park just behind the green cove springs city hall. the spring is not that impressive but spring park is a very nice place to visit.