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


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History of Kingsley Plantation

During Florida’s plantation period (1763-1865), Fort George Island was owned by many planters. The site name comes from one of those owners, Zephaniah Kingsley. The Kingsleys lived here from 1814 to 1837.

Kingsley Family and Society

Slave Community

Crops of Kingsley Plantation

Sea Island Cotton



Post-Plantation History

Chronology of Fort George Island

Slave Trade Connections - Project with Kingsley Plantation and the Shackles of Memory Association in Nantes, France

Florida History Online (Timucuan Preserve)

External (not Timucuan Preserve) Websites Related to Kingsley Plantation:

Ethnohistorical Study of the Kingsley Plantation Community, by Antoinette Jackson with Allan F. Burns, UF Department of Anthropology, 2006

External (non-NPS) Websites Related to Kingsley Plantation:

The Kingsley Plantation (883 KB pdf) - Article from Florida History & the Arts magazine, used with permission of the Florida Department of State, Office of Cultural, Historical and Information Programs. For more information or to subscribe, call 1.800.847.7278 or click here. (You are leaving the National Park Service website.)

UNF, UF Students Dig Through Dirt for Clues to History (You are leaving the NPS website.)

Great Fort George Isle - this website is part of "Florida History Online" and describes the British plantation era on Fort George Island. (You are leaving the NPS website.)

Short video about Kingsley Plantation, hosted on the Visit Florida website. Includes and interview with a Park Ranger. (You are leaving the NPS website.)

"The Atlantic Mind: Zephaniah Kingsley, Slavery, and the Politics of Race in the Atlantic World" - Master's Thesis by Mark J. Fleszar, Georgia State University, 2009 (You are leaving the NPS website.)

Did You Know?

Florida Territorial Governor William Pope Duval

One of the Huguenot inhabitants of la Caroline had the surname of "DuVal.” Jacksonville, Florida, where the national memorial is located, is within Duval County which is named for Florida's first civilian territorial governor, William Pope Duval, a Huguenot descendant. More...