Fort George Island Cultural State Park, Jacksonville

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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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  • Go to the Kingsley Plantation. You basically are taken back through old Florida to the Plantation. It is very interesting history and a beautiful area.  more »
  • Okay this has been a regular place for me to visit since I was a little girl. I have seen improvements over the years like the pathways at Kingsley Plantation being the recycled tires which are very e...  more »
  • The Kingsley Plantation is the main place to visit on Fort George Island. The home is filled with the history of the area. House is not always open so visit the website for more information. Here you ...  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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