May 9th: Kingsley Plantation

Kingsley Plantation

Kingsley Plantation

Before motoring on up toward Jacksonville, Florida, we stopped for fuel at Inlet Marina. Paula made a simple comment that she might try to walk to a Publix a few block away. The marina owner told her to drive his truck, and gave her the keys! Now that is friendly!

My original thoughts were that the day’s stretch of the ICW would be rather uninteresting, but that was not the case. While the was nothing we would call a “highlight” until the end of our run, the entire stretch was interestingly different. There was everything from complete wilderness, to common homes, to palatial homes, to heavy industry.

By early evening we anchored right in from of the only, still standing plantation in Florida. The place is run by the National Park Service, and the place was very interesting. There is a floating concrete dinghy dock right out front. It is called Kingsley Plantation, located on Fort George Island, just Northeast of Jacksonville. It was settled in 1814 by Zephaniah Kingsley. He had made his fortune as a slave dealer. His wife, Anna, was an African slave he had purchased in Cuba. Even though Kingsley was U.S., the area was under Spanish rule, and the Spanish viewed slaves as human beings, unlike the British and Americans. Turns out Anna also came to own land, run plantations, and even owned slaves herself. Of course, all this changed dramatically in 1821 when Florida became a U.S. territory. I just don’t remember learning about these interesting little tidbits back in school.

Finally – a picture to prove that they actually can have a sunset on the East coast of Florida.2013-05-09#2

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