• 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.

Sea Island Cotton

Sea Island cotton is a name for certain long-staple (long-fiber) cotton. Sea Island cotton (Gossypium barbadense) has strong silk-like fibers and smooth black seeds. Typical long staple cotton fibers are 1.5 to 2 inches long.

Sea Island cotton was the principle cash crop on Fort George Island from the early 1790s to 1865 (the end of American Civil War).





Sea Island Cotton Today

Further Reading

These pages were written by park volunteers Beth Wargo and Leo Garrett and edited by park staff.


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Male painted bunting, photographed by Roger Clark

Painted Buntings return to nest within the boundaries of the Timucuan Preserve each year in late April. More...