located on fort george island is the historic kingsley plantation. this beautifully restored plantation gives the visitor a look at pre civil war plantation life. the plantation was built by zephaniah kinsley who lived there from 1814 to 1837. pictured is the main house of the kingsley plantation. the plantation is part of the 46,000 acre timmicuan preserve and can be reached by US A1A 15 miles northeast of downtown jacksonville.
pictured is the cook house at the historic kingsley plantation. in the old days the kitchens of plantation homes were separated from the main house to reduce the risk of fire. the kingsley plantation is a very interesting place to visit on fort george island near jacksonville.
pictured is a restored slave house on the plantation. these houses were built out of "tabby" tabby is a building material made out of oyster shells and sand. this material formed a type of concrete which was popular in the coastal south in the 1700 and 1800's. the kingsley plantation is a very interesting place to visit when in the jacksonville area.
The centerpiece of the Ft. George Island State Historic Site and part of Northeast Florida's Black Heritage Trail, Kingsley Plantation is a historic old plantation house left over from the era of slavery. The grounds include the plantation house itself along with remnants of old coquina slave huts and Indian mounds, as well as scenic marshland vistas.
Kingsley Plantation also serves as a second visitor center for the Timucuan Preserve (see separate tip) which has its main visitor center at Fort Caroline (also see separate tip).