Kingsley PlantationCurrently Open [Closes at 05:00 pm]
- Address: 11676 Palmetto Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32226, United States, 32226
- Timings: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
- Phone: +1-9042513537
- Fax: +1-9042513577
- Ticket Price: Free
- Time Required: 03:00 Hrs
- Tags: Estate, Family And Kids, Nature, Social, Arts, Museums
Kingsley Plantation - Review
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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43.41% of people who visit Jacksonville include Kingsley Plantation in their plan
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55.26% of people start their Kingsley Plantation visit around 09 AM - 10 AM
People usually take around 3 Hrs to see Kingsley Plantation
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Kingsley Plantation, Jacksonville Reviews
What an incredible experience! From going down the long trail to finding the plantation to exploring the home and its surroundings. The view is scenic and peaceful and as the previous yelp review mentioned there is restrooms located on the property. The history behind the plantation, the slaves, the slave trade, and some of the important figures such as Zephaniah Kingsley is very interesting and the displays provide tons of information. Another great plus about this location is that it's free and it only takes about 1-2 hours to view the plantation. Just make sure to gas up before visiting since it is a bit of a drive.
A bit out of the way from the historic downtown area but it's worth a trip out here to experience some of the most important parts of our history and country's identity that we should never forget and learn from. The entire experience is built just for this process. The information is all provided on large easy to read information panels and the free audio guide is a great way to supplement your information. The artifacts are spread with quite some space apart but they offer convenient parking options if you don't want to walk.
Fascinating history of a female plantation owner comes alive at this site located just above Jacksonville FL, once known for cotton and indigo crops. Open from 9am to 5 pm daily, with free parking and admission. The house, sadly, is basically unfurnished. But you can choose a self guided audio tour of the grounds or a docent guided tour of the house given twice a day (by reservation). The rangers are very knowledgeable and friendly. A beautiful location to enjoy some quiet reflection.
Very well preserved and maintained by the U.S. Parks Service. Standing by the water, and looking at the mansion, feeling a steady cool breeze, it is easy to see why the original owner chose this location. Never having seen a cotton plant, I was able to see several in bloom. Several other plants were identified, including Indigo, which was used to make a blue dye. The durability of the construction material used for several buildings was evident, as they are still standing after nearly 200 years.
This place was so informative and unique. Our Park Ranger, Tim, was very knowledgeable, funny, and respectful in the way he told the Kingsley stories. Kingsley has very well kept historical housing (plantation housing and slave residencies) and a beautiful view of the river that was once bustling. :) Though the National Park part is fairly small, it's easy to appreciate the wealth of history that remains there and that they do well in preserving.