Fort George Island Cultural State Park, Jacksonville
(4.8/5 based on 30+ reviews on the web)
Fort George Island State Cultural Site is a Florida State Park located on Fort George Island, about three miles (5 km) south of Little Talbot Island State Park on SR A1A. It is home to the Ribault Inn Club, constructed in 1928 as a winter resort and now used as a visitor's center. The 46000acre Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve, in Jacksonville, Florida is nearby. Fort George has the highest point along the Atlantic coast south of Sandy Hook, New Jersey, and contains Timucua oyster shell mounds. The park is part of the Talbot Islands GEOpark complex.The park contains several distinct periods in human history. During the early historical period Fort George Island was known as Alicamani. It was the location of the village of Alicamani, a major village of the Timucua chiefdom known as the Saturiwa. Timucua influence is noted by the presence of middens, large mounds that are compiled of massive middens or shell mounds filled with discarded food byproducts. On Fort George Island, the shells were primarily oysters. The island was later home to the Spanish mission of San Juan del Puerto, the primary mission to the Saturiwa.
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  • Take the ferry from Atlantic beach to make it extra special, make a right and Fort George is on the left. Road is dusty but no potholes. Bring a picnic and enjoy the water view and birds. Little Talbo...  more »
  • When you leave the pavement and enter the park, a nice dirt road takes you back to where the plantation gate was. As you enter there's a small home that Kingsley built for his concubine of African roy...  more »
  • Went with a college "field trip" Our teacher of course specialized in Florida history, but the staff was also top notch and very friendly and informative. The views themselves are amazing and it is on...  more »
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  • An interesting historical park. A great place for a bike ride or a hike. Usually a quiet place to stroll about and learn about plantation era Florida. Definitely worth a side trip if you are visiting Little Talbot Island or Huguenot Park.
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