Near Hilliard in Nassau County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
During Florida's British Period (1763-1783), the small trading hamlet of Mills Ferry was established here on the St. Marys River. Mills Ferry was first chronicled in the early 1770s by William Bartram. He noted that the Seagrove & Co. trading post existed here where the British King's Road crossed the river. That road connected Charleston, South Carolina, with St. Augustine, Florida. In the mid-1770s, the British built Fort Tonyn, one mile east of this site, to keep the Georgia militia from invading Florida. Towering longleaf yellow pine was cut along the St. Marys River to mast the tall ships of the British Navy. During Florida's Second Spanish Period (1783-1821), the crossing took the names of Whitehouse, (Casa Blanca), and Drummond's Ferry before finally becoming King's Ferry in the mid-1820s. Zachariah Haddock, William Drummond, and William Nelson were some of the first Spanish land grant owners between 1790-1805. Other families include Higginbotham, Braddock, Vanzant, McKendree, Libby, Davis, Albertie and King. In the decades after Spain relinquished Florida in 1821, Protestant congregations organized including Ephesus and nearby Mt. Olive Baptist Churches.
Brothers Gilbert and Franklin Germond and their father constructed
Erected 2014 by West Nassau Historical Society and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-820.)
Location. Touch for map. Marker is located at the Kings Ferry Boat Ramp on the St Marys River at the end of Bill Johnson Road. The river is the dividing line between Florida and Georgia. Marker is at or near this postal address: 49127 Bill Johnson Rd, Hilliard FL 32046, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Treaty of Coleraine (approx. 5 miles away in Georgia); Post Road (approx. 10 miles away in Georgia); Henry Roddenberry (approx. 10.3 miles away in Georgia); Charlton County (approx. 10.3 miles away in Georgia); Center Village or Centerville (approx. 10.4 miles away in Georgia); Okefenokee Swamp (approx. 10½ miles away in Georgia); Sardis Church (approx. 11.3 miles away in Georgia); Trader's Hill (Fort Alert) (approx. 11.6 miles away in Georgia).
Categories. • African Americans • Colonial Era • Settlements & Settlers • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 12, 2016, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 244 times since then and 86 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 12, 2016, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.