Jacksonville in Duval County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Sawpit Bluﬀ Plantation
Sawpit Bluff Plantation, located on Black Hammock Island, was built in the 1750s by Edmund Gray. The plantation was named for the sawpit excavated to accommodate the up and down motion of a vertical saw blade. The plantation house was constructed of tabby, an early building material made from shells, sand, and lime. During the American Revolutionary War in the British colonial period, an invasion force composed of Continental Army soldiers and Georgia militia encamped at Sawpit Bluff and engaged in fighting on May 14, 1777. Known as the Battle of Sawpit Bluff, and part of the larger Battle of Thomas Creek, this skirmish was one of the few battles of the Revolutionary War fought in Florida. The invading soldiers were forced to retreat after an attack by the loyalist East Florida Rangers and their Creek Indian allies. After the return of East Florida to Spain in 1783, Black Hammock Island was part of a land grant made to Juan Thorp. Thorp established a large estate on the island, called "Sawpit Bluff" or "Barranco de Acceradero." Used for growing Sea Island cotton and for raising cattle and horses, the plantation later passed to his daughter, Mary Thorp Smith.
In 1801 and again in 1812, life on Sawpit Bluff was disrupted by conflicts between American settlers migrating south from Georgia
Erected 2014 by The Martha Reid Chapter 19, United Daughters of the Confederacy and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-842.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the United Daughters of the Confederacy marker series.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is located in Black Hammock Island Park parking lot. Marker is at or near this postal address: 15770 Sawpit Road, Jacksonville FL 32226, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Franklintown Chapel (approx. 4.1 miles away); American Beach at the Crossroads (approx. 4.3 miles away); A Dune System Called "NaNa" (approx. 4.3 miles away); Historic American Beach (approx. 4.3 miles away); First Home on American Beach (approx. 4.4 miles away); Martha's Hideaway (approx. 4.4 miles away); Mount Olive Baptist Church (approx. 4.7 miles away); A Very Comfortable Habitation (approx. 6.1 miles away).
Categories. • Colonial Era • War of 1812 • War, US Civil • War, US Revolutionary •
Credits. This page was last revised on August 1, 2017. This page originally submitted on March 11, 2016, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 313 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on March 11, 2016, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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