Marker Logo HMdb.org THE HISTORICAL
MARKER DATABASE
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Near Jacksonville in Duval County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Choices

A New Era of Choices

 
 
Choices Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, April 26, 2019
1. Choices Marker
Inscription.  After the Civil War, slavery ended, but former slaves continued to live on the island. In this new era, former slaves and new landowners had to make difficult choices.

In 1869 the Rollins family settled at the former plantation and called it the "Homestead." Former slaves now had to choose to stay and work for Rollins or leave the island. After failed attempts at agriculture and facing financial troubles, John Rollins and investors developed the island for recreation and tourism.

Land development and tourism continued to be the approach to making the island profitable well into the 1900s. In the 1920s the Fort George Club used the old plantation buildings and grounds. The clubhouse in front 'of you was built at that time.
 
Location. 30° 26.43′ N, 81° 26.294′ W. Marker is near Jacksonville, Florida, in Duval County. Marker can be reached from Palmetto Avenue 2.1 miles north of Fort George Road when traveling north. Marker is located at the Kingsley Plantation Historical Site, within the Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve. Marker
Marker detail: This post-Civil War photograph shows families still living in the cabins image. Click for full size.
2. Marker detail: This post-Civil War photograph shows families still living in the cabins
is in an interpretive kiosk at the north edge of the plantation site, overlooking the Plantation House. Access to Kingsley Plantation is north from Florida State Route A1A (Heckscher Drive), onto Fort George Road, and then about 1/2 mile north to the intersection of Fort George Road and Palmetto Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 11676 Palmetto Avenue, Jacksonville FL 32226, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Plantation House (here, next to this marker); Fort George Island (here, next to this marker); Waterways (here, next to this marker); A Very Comfortable Habitation (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Slave Trade / La Traite d'Esclaves (about 400 feet away); Looking Back (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Looking Back (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Slave Trade / La Traite d'Esclaves (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jacksonville.
 
Regarding Choices. Kingsley Plantation is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, #70000182.
 
Also see . . .  The Rollins Family. John Rollins attempted several agricultural enterprises - grapes and oranges - both of which failed. He then turned to recreation, ushering in a new era on the island, finding families to buy pieces of the island, and backers for a hotel.
Marker detail: An early tourist walks the plantation grounds image. Click for full size.
3. Marker detail: An early tourist walks the plantation grounds
During the 1920s, two country clubs were built on the island. The Fort George Club was built adjacent to Kingsley Plantation house and the Ribault Club was built on the empty site of the former Fort George Hotel. Both buildings still stand on the island. (Submitted on February 14, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Categories. African AmericansAgricultureIndustry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers
 
Marker detail: Fort George Club image. Click for full size.
4. Marker detail: Fort George Club
Choices Marker  <i>wide view<br>(related marker on left  Fort George River in background)</i> image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, April 26, 2019
5. Choices Marker wide view
(related marker on left Fort George River in background)
Fort George Club (<i>north/back side • view from near marker</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, April 26, 2019
6. Fort George Club (north/back side • view from near marker)
 

More. Search the internet for Choices.
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 14, 2020. This page originally submitted on February 14, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 47 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on February 14, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
Paid Advertisement