“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
St. Augustine in St. Johns County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)

King's Road

King's Road Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 3, 2011
1. King's Road Marker
Inscription.  The British laid the original route for King's Road between 1772 and 1775 in an effort to encourage settlement into this area. Extending from St. Mary's, Georgia to Andrew Turnbull's Minorcan colony at New Smyrna, King's Road intersects Palencia Club Drive at this point. The initial construction of King's Road included bridges for crossing creeks & wetlands. When the American colonies declared independence from England in 1776, nearly 7,000 Loyalists used this route to seek asylum in Florida, which remained loyal to the British Crown. When the British left Florida as part of the 1783 Treaty of Paris ending the Revolutionary War, maintenance of King's Road lagged until Florida became a U.S. territory in 1821. During the early 20th century, oyster shell was added to the road bed & some areas were paved with red brick. Portions of the original course of King's Road have been incorporated into modern trails and roads, particularly US 1, or are abandoned such as the portion visible here.
Erected 2006 by The Marshall Creek Community Development District and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number
King's Road Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 3, 2011
2. King's Road Marker
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Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial EraRoads & Vehicles. A significant historical year for this entry is 1772.
Location. 30° 0.797′ N, 81° 23.482′ W. Marker is in St. Augustine, Florida, in St. Johns County. Marker is at the intersection of Palencia Village Drive and Dixie Highway (U.S. 1), on the right on Palencia Village Drive. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Saint Augustine FL 32095, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Governor Grant's Plantations (approx. 3.9 miles away); Francis D. Ouimet (approx. 4.9 miles away); Old Tom Morris (approx. 4.9 miles away); Former St. Johns County Jail (approx. 6 miles away); Evacuation (approx. 7.1 miles away); Fort Mose II (approx. 7.1 miles away); Bloody Mose (approx. 7.1 miles away); El Pueblo de Gracia Real de Santa Teresa de Mose (approx. 7.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Augustine.
Section of King's Road image. Click for full size.
By Paul Crumlish, May 21, 2006
3. Section of King's Road
One of the last remaining unpaved or modernized stretches of the original King's Road. Located in northern Volusia County, it had been by-passed by a wider, straighter modern highway.
Credits. This page was last revised on January 2, 2019. It was originally submitted on September 27, 2011, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 624 times since then and 45 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 27, 2011, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   3. submitted on March 7, 2012, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.

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