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Kingsley Plantation – Ft. George

Originally built in 1798 by enslaved craftsmen under plantation owner , this plantation house is the oldest planter’s residence still standing in Florida. Many changes have taken place through the years, but a tour still evokes what it must have been like long ago. In the early 1800s, plantation-owner brought a Senegalese wife he purchased, Anna Madgigine Jai, and three children to his Fort George Island plantation. A fourth child was soon born. Anna managed the plantation’s daily operations, including 60 slaves, while Zephaniah was away on business. They grew many cash crops: Sea Island cotton, whose long fibers and …

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American Beach

American Beach Museum Now Open

Abraham Lincoln Lewis, or , Florida’s first black millionaire and a founder of the , founded in 1935, specifically for “recreation and relaxation without humiliation.” American Beach is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The A.L. Lewis Historical Society welcomes you to “The Sands of Time: An American Beach Story,” their new exhibit in a museum with a tin roof and a long porch lined with rocking chairs. In 1935, Jim Crow laws undermined blacks with “separate, but equal” dogma. This short-changed people access to places for family recreation, such as Jacksonville Beach and other sites to enjoy …

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Old Arlington: The New Place to Be!

Arlington is reinventing itself–it’s on the move. Rooted in history and continuing through the , Arlington development exploded with the opening of the Mathews Bridge in 1953. Miles and miles of riverfront property wrap around the first North-to-East bend of the river from Downtown, heading out to the Atlantic Ocean. In addition to indigenous peoples, the French, Spanish, British and Americans have walked its ground, shaded under towering oak trees through centuries. Its apex began in the mid-20th century as a post-haven for new housing, expansion of communities, and soon, a private university using the namesake of the city, . …

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OLD ARLINGTON: History Revealed

Traveling through Arlington today, you might be surprised by its rich history and former cultural distance from Jacksonville proper. Geographically, some of its elevated land makes it unusual for North Florida. For early residents, that high land meant beautiful views and excellent drainage, a highly valued commodity when it came to public health through the 1900s. Like a lot of the land around the St. Johns River, shows evidence of human occupation by Native Americans, dating as far back as 5000 B.C. The most notable evidence in Arlington is several Indian mounds, such as the Shields Mound, a hill so …

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