Kingsley Plantation dates back to the 18th century when Zephaniah Kingsley came to Florida to seek his fortune. Others were forced to come to Florida to work on plantations such as this one, their labor providing wealth to the people who owned them. Some of the enslaved would later become free landowners, struggling to keep their footing in a dangerous time of shifting alliances and politics. All of these people played a part in the history of Kingsley Plantation. Visitors can explore the grounds on foot at Kingsley Plantation, which include the slave quarters, barn, waterfront, plantation house, kitchen house, and interpretive garden. The house was constructed in 1798, making it the oldest standing plantation house in the state of Florida. Dogs are allowed in outdoor areas as long as they remain on a six-foot leash.
Find directions to Kingsley Plantation on the National Park Service website: https://www.nps.gov/timu/planyourvisit/directions_kingsleyplantation.htm
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