Kingsley Heritage Celebration

Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve



Dates & Times


Saturday, February 17, 2024


10:00 AM


9 hours

Type of Event

Campfire/Evening Program
Cultural/Craft Demonstration
Guided Tour
Living History
Partner Program

Performances will take place in the afternoon, booths and tours with be throughout the day and at dusk the luminary program begins.


  This event is a honored tradition but has taken many forms over the years.  This year we plan to include a night time luminary ceremony of rememberence to honor those enslaved on Fort George Island.  

The event will run all day with performers, speakers, booths, living history demonstrations, and ranger led site tours but will culinate with extended hours and a reading of the names at dusk. 

 February 17, Kingsley Plantation will feature performances by Kasasaka Dance Company, and Orisirisi African Folklore. The event begins at 11:00 a.m. with a kid’s craft corner, archaeology programing from Florida Public Archaeology Network, booths featuring partners, and ranger-guided tours. At 12:00 p.m., a model lime rick will be lit alongside a tabby-making demonstration. A special collection on loan from the Ritz Theater and Museum of sweetgrass baskets will be available for viewing during the open house tours.
Performances begin at 2:30 p.m. and the luminary program will start at 6:15 p.m. with a sunset reading of the names of those enslaved on Fort George Island. This event is free and open to all.


Program Times


11:00 Booths Open (run based on time available by partners)

11:00 Open House with Sweetgrass basket display starts

Tours Begin and run at 11:00 1:00 and 5:00

12:00 Lighting of the Rick

2:30-4:30 Main Stage Event Performances

5:00- Tour

6:15 Sunset and Luminary Program




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