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Kingsley Plantation

Address: 11676 Palmetto Ave., Ft George Island, Jacksonville, FL 32226
Phone Number: 904-251-3537
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Ranked #10 of 71 Attractions in Jacksonville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Chicago, Illinois
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33 reviews 33 reviews
12 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

This was interesting and educational. We would recommend it to anyone who likes history and wants an idea of what a plantation was like.

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Jacksonville, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

Kingsley Plantation is notable especially for the coquina slave quarters still standing. The site is an easy drive from Jacksonville and admission is free. The lovely grounds are fine for strolling and looking at river wildlife, and the house is quite interesting. Note that the house is undergoing structural work and is not always open. If you want to see... More 

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Philadelphia, PA
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32 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Very tastefully presented glimpse into the world of plantations and slavery. They do a good job of presenting that world, providing some perspective of what life must have been like in those circumstances. The location is beautiful -- the peaceful quiet of today juxtaposed with what was certainly was a difficult era.

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Jacksonville, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

This plantation is very well maintained and highly accessible. They have a gift shop, close to the river, that offers a free audio tour the runs (is triggered) by GPS. It is very well done. The history of Mr. Kingsley's life and how he thought of race, ownership, slavery, and business is very intriguing. Highly recommend the stop. (Give yourself... More 

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Alpharetta, Georgia
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50 reviews 50 reviews
28 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

The Kingsley story is really unusual. The audio tour explained a lot about their lives and the lives of the slaves. The tour is honestly a bit long and it's hard to skip ahead. They have preserved a lot of the original structures which is nice. The slave quarters in particular are mostly still standing. Great history there. The main... More 

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Boca Raton
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

The location of the plantation is breathtaking being by a river. We borrowed an audio tour from the ranger which was informative and interesting! We learned about the lives of the people who lived on this plantation, Kingsley, his family, and the slaves, and about their time period.

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Lancaster, New Hampshire
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52 reviews 52 reviews
18 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

The drive in on the dirt road under the canopy of trees made you feel like you were in a remote area...and you are! The signs and brochures give you a great overview of the history. A few armadillos hanging out around the area. The old remains of the slave cabins are a stark reminder of how live really was... More 

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cardiff uk
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63 reviews 63 reviews
10 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

Location was fabulous and easy to find....crossed the river on the ferry which was different and saved a long drive. Audio tour was free and very interesting. House tour by ranger was informative. Grounds and river location unforgettable.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

You'll tap into some unrealized emotions. Eerily enchanting. Past of a little known heritage factoid.

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Wellington, Colorado
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42 reviews 42 reviews
18 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Get a guided tour or you will not be allowed in the house! It is worth it. I tend to like taking tours in new places as I get a better sense of the history. Beautiful setting and amazing history.

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