Kingsley Plantation Historical Preserve
The historic Kingsley Plantation on Fort George Island near Jacksonville is an excellent example of old Florida. Built by slaves in 1798, the home is the oldest plantation house in Florida. The Kingsley Plantation site includes the plantation house, a kitchen house, a barn, and the ruins of 25 of the original slave cabins.
The birding guides say this is a good birding location, particularly in migration season. Telephoto Florida saw few of our feathered friends on the late August visit. Over the river Osprey circled. Heron fished along the banks. Along the oak tree covered drive in we heard some common songbirds but they were hidden deep in the foliage.
Nevertheless, Kingsley Plantation is worth a stop to see what life was like for Floridians in the early 1800’s. The area around King George boasts plenty of other places to bird, including Big and Little Talbot Island State Park, Huguenot Memorial Park, Fort Clinch and Egans Creek Greenway.
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