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

    Timucuan

    Ecological & Historic Preserve Florida

History of a House - Then

Late 19th century view of the plantation buildings.

Late nineteenth century view of the plantation house and kitchen house, renamed the "Homestead" in the 1870s.

Florida State Archives

The plantation house and the kitchen house represent several phases of construction, ownership and use. Originally built in 1798 by enslaved craftsmen during John McQueen's ownership, the plantation house is the oldest planter's residence still standing in Florida.

Each owner of this plantation contributed something of his way of life, management style, and beliefs about society and economy to the plantation, giving the buildings and grounds a unique and historic quality.

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