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Kingsley Plantation

11676 Palmetto Ave., Ft George Island, Jacksonville, FL 32226
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Ranked #17 of 97 attractions in Jacksonville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
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English first
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27 reviews 27 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

The buildings are nicely preserved, and have interesting displays, but unless you have a guide with you who can tell stories and bring the past to life, your visit can be done in 30 minutes. We had a great time watching a gopher tortoise digging a burrow in the lawn, and later witnessed hundreds of tiny crabs scuttling along the... More

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st augustine
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3 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Stopped here on the way to Fernandina Beach and Fort Clinch; a beautiful early 1800's plantation home on the mouth of the river near the ocean. Sorry the house wasn't open but was told they plan to reopen sometime this fall. Nice displays of early life on a cotton plantation.

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Biggin Hill, England, United Kingdom
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12 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Very quiet area with no other tourists. Gives a great insight into the life of slaves. Not much to see, the old house itself is closed to the public. The remains of the old slave houses are worth seeing, very small and cramped. Must have been a very hard life.

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Philadelphia, PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014 via mobile

Took the St John's River Ferry, which in itself is a fun trip. Very short ferry ride. The Kingsley Plantation is a neat little national park. The drive in is unique, as it feels like a drive back in time. There are tours of the house and grounds. They have a free iphone tour that is GPS activated. They provide... More

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Lansing, Illinois, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

Nice little step back into the past. The drive to the plantation was worth it. It is about a 3 mile drive through overhanging trees and lots of Florida foliage. If you want to tour the inside of the house you need reservations. They have about 25 remains of the original slave quarters and several other out buildings you can... More

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altanta ga
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37 reviews 37 reviews
13 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

If you like American history, you should visit. The dirt road drive to the plantation is very cool. The plantation is easy to tour, even with younger kids. And it's free! Drive & stop by the Ribault club on the way out. Take a few minutes here for a free tour too. You'll be glad you did.

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charlotte, nc
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Spent a Sunday afternoon here at Kingsley......the drive to the property is as scenic as the site itself. We had just missed the guided tour (note that they are available only by reservation on the weekends). You can tour the kitchen (with displays), along with various displays on the property. The location on the river is excellent.... The best part... More

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Warner Robins, Georgia
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32 reviews 32 reviews
12 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

It was a nice visit however I wished there were a tour guide of sorts where we could walk through the house on the property.

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DeLand, Florida
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

Just took a day trip to Jacksonville to check it out. Definitely worth the it. Very well kept grounds and plenty of room to stretch your legs. It will amaze you how they made people live and makes you grateful for the way we live now.

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Dawsonville, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

Ft. George Island is really interesting generally and the Plantation in particular. The tour gives a view of life during the 19th and early 20th centuries. It's very well and honestly presented and something that everyone should see so we know what went on in those days. Slavery was an economic reality and not a pleasant one, as the tour... More

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