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Near Green Cove Springs in Saint Johns County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

William Bartram's Plantation

 
 
William Bartram's Plantation Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ray King, June 7, 2011
1. William Bartram's Plantation Marker
Inscription. In 1766 on the banks of the St. Johns River at Little Florence Cove, William Bartram attempted to farm a 500-acre land grant. Bartram had spent much of the previous year exploring the new British Colony of East Florida with his father, John Bartram, the Royal Botanist for America under King George III. When John Bartram returned home, near Philadelphia, the younger Bartram stayed in Florida. He hoped like many other settlers to make a fortune exporting cash crops such as indigo and rice. Using six enslaved Africans, Bartram cleared the forest and planted, but within a year he abandoned his farm and returned home. Bartram was known in England for illustrating his father's botanical specimens. Between 1773-1777 patrons financed Bartram's further exploration of the American Southeast. In 1791, he published his observations in Travels Through North and South Carolina, Georgia, East and West Florida, one of the most influential travel accounts of the American frontier. Rather than write a mere scientific catalog, Bartram produced a joyful and tender portrait of a virgin land "with an infinite variety of animated scenes, inexpressibly beautiful and pleasing" which inspired the poets of England's Romantic Movement.

A Florida Heritage Site sponsored by the St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners and the Florida Department of State.

William Bartram's Plantation Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ray King, June 7, 2011
2. William Bartram's Plantation Marker
The other side of the marker, looking east.

 
Erected 2004. (Marker Number F-514.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the William Bartram Trails marker series.
 
Location. 29° 59.423′ N, 81° 36.525′ W. Marker is near Green Cove Springs, Florida, in Saint Johns County. Marker is on State Road 16 0.8 miles west of State Road 13 (State Road 13), on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Just east of the SR 16 bridge over the St. Johns River near Green Cove Springs. Marker is in this post office area: Saint Augustine FL 32092, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fort Fransisco De Pupo (approx. 1.5 miles away); Green Cove Springs (approx. 4.1 miles away); The Village Improvement Association Woman's Club (approx. 4.3 miles away); Old Clay County Courthouse (approx. 4.6 miles away); William Bartram Trail (approx. 4.8 miles away); William Bartram Scenic Highway (approx. 5.1 miles away); Picolata (approx. 5.3 miles away); a different marker also named William Bartram Trail (approx. 5.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Green Cove Springs.
 
Categories. Colonial EraEnvironmentExplorationHorticulture & Forestry
 
William Bartram's Plantation Marker, looking east along Florida State Road 16 image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, December 2, 2012
3. William Bartram's Plantation Marker, looking east along Florida State Road 16
William Bartram's Plantation Marker, looking west image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, December 2, 2012
4. William Bartram's Plantation Marker, looking west
 
 
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