Trip Planner:   USA  /  Florida  /  Jacksonville  /  Historic Sites  /  Kingsley Plantation
Kingsley Plantation, Jacksonville
(4.4/5 based on 440+ reviews on the web)
Kingsley Plantation is the site of a former estate in Jacksonville, Florida, that was named for an early owner, Zephaniah Kingsley, who spent 25 years there. It is located at the northern tip of Fort George Island at Fort George Inlet, and is part of the Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve managed by the U.S. National Park Service.The plantation was originally 1,000acre, most of which has been taken over by forest; the structures and grounds of the park now comprise approximately 60acre. Evidence of Pre-Columbian Timucua life is on the island, as are the remains of a Spanish mission named San Juan del Puerto. Under British rule in 1765, a plantation was established that cycled through several owners while Florida was transferred back to Spain and then the United States. The longest span of ownership was under Kingsley and his family, a polygamous and multiracial household controlled by and resistant to the issues of race and slavery.Free blacks and several private owners lived at the plantation until it was transferred to the State of Florida in 1955. It was acquired by the National Park Service in 1991. The most prominent features of Kingsley Plantation are the owner's house—a structure of architectural significance built probably between 1797 and 1798 that is cited as being the oldest surviving plantation house in the state—and an attached kitchen house, barn, and remains of 25 anthropologically valuable slave cabins that endured beyond the U.S. Civil War . The foundations of the house, kitchen, barn and the slave quarters were constructed of cement tabby, making them notably durable. Archeological evidence found in and around the slave cabins has given researchers insight into African traditions among slaves who had recently arrived in North America.
Arrange to visit Kingsley Plantation and other attractions in Jacksonville using our Jacksonville tour planner.
Source
Create a full Jacksonville itinerary
map

Plan your trip to Jacksonville

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Jacksonville by other users

9 days in Kenya, Dubai & Jacksonville BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, culture, outdoors, romantic, beaches, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, romantic, beaches, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 6 days in East Coast of USA BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, kids, beaches, popular PREFERENCES: April, kids, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 32 days in United States BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA October, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: October, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 15 days in United States BY A USER FROM GERMANY June, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 7 days in Orlando, Jacksonville & Savannah BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM July, kids, popular PREFERENCES: July, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 38 days in United States BY A USER FROM SWITZERLAND January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 22 days in United States BY A USER FROM BRAZIL April, culture, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, culture, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 15 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM July, popular PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 27 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM March, popular PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in Jacksonville & Washington DC BY A USER FROM CANADA August, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 7 days in Miami & Jacksonville BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, museums, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 7 days in Miami & Jacksonville BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, fast-paced, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • This park is off the beaten path. The road leading to the park is less than a half mile from the St. Johns River Ferry. The St. George Island area is lovely. A beautiful, old Episcopal church is on th...  more »
  • I went in the nineties and it was a state park. Now its a national park and the added $$$ has really done wonders. Very informative museum. lots of nature. Amazing location. The exhibits are something...  more »
  • Charming, small historic area that is fun to head to for a picnic with the family. It can get cold if the wind blows off the river right. 
Google
  • Enjoyed the property until I saw the signs about rattle snakes. I was glad they are warning people. As someone from an area not known for rattle snakes, that ended the day for me.
  • I absolutely loved it, having African-American hertiage it gave me an appreciation to my ancestors of endurance under oppression and no godly hope. But whatever hope or faith they had was in survival. Love the atmosphere and surrounding was beautiful. Will go back again and again..
  • A must see , a look back into a piece of untold history. Kingsley Plantation is well preserved. Also please be surr to take advantage of the audio tour , it is a great resource to utilize (pick up your equipment from the vistors center on the premises) and it is free!
  • An incredible experience on an actual slave plantation from yesteryear-very educational. Highly recommended
  • The preserved history is amazing. What a beautiful place to walk around and explore.