Near Jacksonville in Duval County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
A New Era of 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 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. (Submitted on February 14, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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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.