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Kingsley Plantation

Kingsley Plantation, part of the Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve administered by the National Park Service, isSite Specific Image located on Fort George Island and includes the plantation house, a kitchen house, a barn, and the ruins of 25 of the original slave cabins. The plantation was named for one of several plantation owners, Zephaniah Kingsley, who operated the property from 1813-1839. Kingsley operated under a "task" system, which allowed slaves to work at a craft or tend their own gardens once the specified task for the day was completed. Proceeds from the sale of produce or craft items were usually kept by the slaves. Purchased as a slave, Kingsley's wife, Anna Madgigine Jai, was freed in 1811. She was active in plantation management and became a successful business woman owning her own property. As an American territory, Florida passed laws that discriminated against free blacks and placed harsh restrictions on African slaves. This prompted Kingsley to move his family, impacted by these laws, to Haiti, now the Dominican Republic, where descendants of Anna and Zephaniah live today.

LOCATION: Kingsley Plantation is at the northern tip of Ft. George Island at the Ft. George inlet east of Jacksonville off Florida A1A.
ADDRESS: Kingsley Plantation Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve 13165 Mount Pleasant Road Jacksonville, Florida 32225      251-3537
Open daily 9 am - 5 pm     Closed December 25.
DIRECTIONS: The preserve is in the northeast portion of Jacksonville (Duval County), Florida. From Interstate 95, exit on Heckscher Drive (FL 105); follow Heckscher East to Florida 9A. Continue straight on Heckscher about nine miles; turn left at the NPS sign onto Fort George Island; follow signs, the road leads directly to the plantation parking lot.
 
The drive into Kingsley Plantation is along a scenic, narrow (and sometimes bumpy), dirt road. Stately sabal palms line the historic road as it nears the plantation entrance. The historic site of today is on about 25 acres of mostly open land. One trail takes visitors from the planter's home to the slave quarters; the return trail winds slightly through the forested landscape. The total loop is approximately one-third mile. The site is self-guiding and a staff member is available throughout the day. Scheduled Ranger talks are posted on-site. Call ahead for current schedule. Food, Supplies Restaurants, fast food, convenience stores, and grocery stores are located within or near the park.
 
Accessibility The Kingsley Plantation is an historic site with maintained grounds and historic structures. The parking area is centrally located. The exhibit areas in the planter's house and kitchen house are reached via a wheelchair-accessible pathway and ramp. The slave quarters have a separate parking area and are generally accessible to all visitors, however, weather and impacts from wildlife may make mobility difficult in some places. The rest rooms are located near the planter's house with the path and facilities fully accessible.