Kingsley Plantation 1817

Kingsley Plantation 1817

Kingsley Plantation, along the St. John’s River, Florida. Purchased and completed around 1817 in what was then Spanish Florida.

Kingsley Plantation 1817
Kingsley Plantation 1817

Zephaniah Kingsley owned several plantations in the area during the time of Spanish rule. And no, not the Hollywood version of what the main house should look like.

Kingsley Plantation 1817
Kingsley Plantation 1817

Kingsley was married to a former enslaved woman named Anna Madgigine Jai. She ran the farms for her husband.

Kingsley Plantation 1817
Kingsley Plantation 1817

In 1821 the US purchased the territory of Florida and brought their rules of slavery with them.

Kingsley sent his wife, children, and former enslaved people to his plantation in Haiti where slavery was illegal. In 1839 all the Kingsley US properties were sold, the family members now living in Haiti with the exception of two married daughters to Florida plantation owners.

Kingsley Plantation 1817
Kingsley Plantation 1817

Kingsley Plantation is now owned by the US Parks Dept.

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