• Sunrise over the Fort George River in the Timucuan Preserve.


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  • Fort Caroline Closed on November 2nd

    Fort Caroline National Memorial including Spanish Pond will be closed to the public on Sunday November 2nd, 2014. The visitor center and trails will reopen on Monday the 3rd of November. The Theodore Roosevelt Area and Ribault Column will remain open.


The Timucuan Preserve hosts an impressive collection of over 242,000 Native American, European and historic American objects, from over a thousand years old, to just a few years old. Numerous Native American pottery sherds, lithics, tools, a dugout canoe and a unique owl totem carved by Native Americans about 1300 AD are included in the collection. The park owns pieces of European armor, weaponry and cannon tubes as well as books pertaining to early Florida and U.S. history, and navigation. Everyday goods from the nineteenth and twentieth century, such as tools, buttons and coins are also contained in the collection. The collection from Kingsley Plantation includes objects such as tools, vessel fragments and musket balls. In addition, the collection contains early ambrotypes and other photographic images of Rollins family members as well as additional photographs and stereographs relating to the plantation and nearby areas of Florida.

Learn more about conducting research in the Museum Collection.

UNF Field School
Selection from the Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve's artifact collection.
Photo by Dr. Robert Thunen, University of North Florida Professor.

Did You Know?

French King Charles IX

The word "Caroline" - while feminine in gender - does not refer to a female of that name but rather to a man. The word "Caroline" comes from the Latin version of Charles in this case King Charles IX of France. More...