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Kingsley Plantation

11676 Palmetto Ave., Ft George Island, Jacksonville, FL 32226
904-251-3537
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Ranked #16 of 98 Attractions in Jacksonville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
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Denver, Colorado
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47 reviews 47 reviews
30 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

So we where looking for the Atlantic Beaches north of Jacksonville, when the wife dedicated to turn down a little dirt road. After driving for a few, the trees opened up to reveal Kingsley Plantation. This is the oldest Plantation in Flordia and it is beautiful. Very well preserved and maintained, with great historical information. If your in the Jacksonville... More

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

This place is way off the beaten path but well worth the drive as the drive is part of the fun. Don't forget the insect repellent. Very important. The slave quarters are still visible. The plantation dates to the 1790s and the staff are very knowledgable. You can enter into several of the buildings and walk the grounds which are... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Visited in the early morning, before it was too hot! Fascinating walk, lots of birds and wildlife including huge spiders, didn't go into the house but very interesting information boards dotted around. A word of warning insect repellant is a must if you don't want to be eaten alive!

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Jacksonville, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Signed up for a free ranger tour one Saturday and we really, really liked it. It's like stepping back in time. Note that Kingsley is in a separate island altogether so be prepared to drive through marshlands and even bits of forests. I loved that. There are loads of tabby ruins around the area, and the only way you could... More

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Jacksonville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

The winding road leading to the Plantation is about a mile long and surrounded by beautiful trees. Before reaching the house, you will pass by the actual slave quarters, which are haunting. We took the tour of the house, which was given by a very knowledgeable and engaging young man. The tour was in-depth and lasted about 2 hours. The... More

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Sioux Falls, SD
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27 reviews 27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

I thought this would be a big plantation house with large columns and lavish furniture. It was actually a modest house with only one set of dining room furniture. Glad it was free!

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Orlando, Florida
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30 reviews 30 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Area clean but long trip to plantation on a rough road. Once at clearing its loaded with interesting history and artifacts.

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Jacksonville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

You get a real taste of Florida history by visiting the Kingsley plantation. The restoration is excellent, and the presentation by the National Park employees is well done. Books are available about the various fascinating owners of the plantation.

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Jacksonville, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The plantation is in a beautiful location on Fort George River. The buildlings, including slave cabins have been well restored (some are still being restored) and give a good feeling for what it must have been like to have been an owner or a slave living here on this former cotton plantation. I would suggest doing the audio tour to... More

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Jacksonville, Florida
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Beautiful area, best to see on a cool day. The park backs up to the River. This is an old cotton plantation. Nice for picnics too.

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