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

    Timucuan

    Ecological & Historic Preserve Florida

Rollins Family

Rollins family, three pictures, John, Hannah, Gertrude
From left to right: John Rollins, Hannah Breck Peters Rollins, Gertrude Rollins Wilson
Millar Wilson Lab, Jacksonville University
 

When the Rollins family moved to Fort George Island in 1869, they moved into the plantation house and renamed the complex "The Homestead." Over the next two decades, they made significant changes to the main house and kitchen house, and added a walkway in between.

John Rollins attempted several agricultural enterprises - grapes and oranges - both of which failed. He then turned to recreation, ushering in a new era on the island, finding families to buy pieces of the island, and backers for a hotel.

Proceed to Hotel and Clubs.

Did You Know?

Pareja's Confessionario

The first translation of a Native American language into a European language – Timucuan to Spanish - occurred on lands within the Timucuan Preserve in the late 1500s. Fray Francisco Pareja did this translation at the Catholic mission of San Juan del Puerto on present day Ft. George Island. More...