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“Pretty but not a lot to look at” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Kingsley Plantation

Kingsley Plantation
11676 Palmetto Ave., Ft George Island, Jacksonville, FL 32226
904-251-3537
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Ranked #12 of 70 Attractions in Jacksonville
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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Tallahassee, Florida, United States
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“Pretty but not a lot to look at”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013

It only took us about an hour to look at everything. It's too bad the main house isn't open to see. That being said, the plantation was still interesting to view and the road to get there was pretty cool.

Visited March 2013
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montana
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“Beautiful Site”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013

We had fun walking around the lovely building and location. Great place for a picnic or just a relaxing walk.

Visited February 2013
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Melbourne, Florida
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“Small exhibit in remote location”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2013

The Kingsley Plantation is at the end of a two-mile dirt road. Once you arrive, there are a few outbuildings with small exhibits, a Visitor's Center that consists of a spinning wheel and a gift shop (and restrooms), a small garden, and the main house. The house is currently undergoing renovations and is only open for tours at specific times on the weekends to limited numbers of people. Don't worry if you can't get in the house -- it is empty. One room had one of the original colums from the house in it, but other than that, nothing. Even with nothing in the house, the guided tour only covered four areas (or about half the house) in 50 minutes. The guide was extremely knowledgeable about the Kingsley family and the site, but unless you are interested in microhistory the tour is too detailed. Our family actually left the tour midway through. The other exhibits were good, but could be seen in their entirety in under an hour. The saving grace: no admission charge.

Visited December 2012
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Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin
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“a bit disappointed”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2013

This is a federal property, and we did enjoy reading the signs about the history of the plantation, especially since they owned up to the reality and negative consequences of slavery. The area is not large, and the short walk to the pond is not very interesting, event to those of us who enjoy nature walks. The road in is very bumpy for the traffic on a weekend when re-enactments are taking place. This could have been much better.

Visited February 2013
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“A true National Treasure”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013 via mobile

Kingsley Plantation is one of the few places in the U.S. to observe extant slave dwellings. The cabins are made of tabby, which was made using oyster shell that was procured from pre-Columbian, Native American, shell mounds on the island. A careful observer can still identify pieces of broken Native American pottery imbedded into the tabby wall on some structures. One cabin has been nearly completely restored to give visitors a sense of the cramped quarters slave occupants shared.

In addition, the story of the plantation and the plantation owners is superb and worth investigating. Do a little research before visiting and this place is like no other. Absolutely one of my favorite spots in all of the southeastern United States.

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