During Florida’s plantation period (1763-1865), Fort George Island, near Jacksonville, was owned by many planters. The Kingsley Plantation name comes from one of those owners, Zephaniah Kingsley, who owned the plantation from 1814 to 1837.

Thirty-two tabby cabins were home to the enslaved workforce. The remains of twenty-five cabins can be seen today.

It is hard to imagine that most this 1,000-acre island was used for growing crops during the plantation period. Agricultural use ended around 1900 and since then the fields have reverted back to forest.

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