Kingsley Plantation, JacksonvilleCurrently Closed
- Address: 11676 Palmetto Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32226, United States, 32226
- Timings: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
- Phone: +1-9042513537
- Fax: +1-9042513577
- Time Required: 03:00 Hrs
- Tags: Estate, Family And Kids, Nature, Social, Arts, Museums
About Kingsley Plantation, Jacksonville
The Kingsley Plantation is also known as Zephaniah Kingsley Plantation Home and Buildings, was named after Zephaniah Kingsley who was the owner of this estate. It is a part of the Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve. Zephaniah Kingsley was an active social reformer who fought against racism, slavery, etc.
The Kingsley House is the main part of this estate. It is a beautiful double storey residence constructed by John McQueen. The house is like a 17th century British Gentry house. The house is technically designed with corner pavilions in a way to enable air circulation be active. This keeps the house cool during summers. John McQueen and his family lived here for a number of decades.
This place is now restored as a spot of natural beauty and designated as an ecological reserve. It is a favorite of the locals as well of tourists given the soothing views and peaceful atmosphere.
How To reach Kingsley Plantation by Public Transport
- Rented car / taxi
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Things to Know Before Visiting Kingsley Plantation
18.77% of people who visit Jacksonville include Kingsley Plantation in their plan
09 AM - 10 AM
53.99% of people plan their visit to Kingsley Plantation between 09 AM - 10 AM
People usually take around 3 Hrs to see Kingsley Plantation
95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Kingsley Plantation
Kingsley Plantation, Jacksonville Reviews
Wonderful hidden gem. Found it by accident as it's not well posted. See a beautifully preserved slave plantation. Spent a wonderful afternoon wandering the grounds with the free audio guide and came away with a much better understanding of the implications of slavery. Do take the time to visit this hidden gem. It's a two mile drive down a narrow lane but well worth it!
Took my family here last weekend and had a blast. My daughter loved running around the plantation and it was beautiful by the water. The staff were excellent, and we enjoyed learning about the special kind of cotton they grew here. Need to come back when it’s warmer and walk around more.
Very interesting self guided historical site. Needs more information on plaques seems it could use more donations for improving area.we visited on a quiet cold afternoon. There was a couple there with their photographer shooting what it appeared to be engagement photos. Other than that we were alone .
The plantation house is the oldest in the state. The walking tour with a park ranger was very interesting. The original house had separate bedrooms with no doors to the main living room. The slaves that worked the plantation could plant their own crops and sell them to make money. Spanish law allowed a slave to buy his freedom at half price.
This place is absolutely amazing!! The only reason it did not get 5 stars is because the bugs almost ate my family alive. They were horrible. You can't fully enjoy yourself and be eaten for lunch at the same time. They need to spray or have a covered tent during events.
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