Fernandina Beach ….

We’ve been to Fernandina Beach several times in the past, and love this little town (especially the downtown, which is reminiscent of Belfast and some other small towns). Today we took the ferry from Mayport across the St. John’s River and then drove across Fort George Island and Amelia Island. I love those lowlands with the swamp marshes and the white, sand beaches.

The Lesesne House in Fernandino Beach. Classical Revival style built ca. 1860 and one of the oldest residences in the town.

I think he was selling fruit and pineapples.

risers

I want risers like those on the basement stairs!

I know what’s on his mind…

Yum! a rare pleasure!!

On our way to Kingsley Plantation

During the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, many people came to Florida. Some, like Zephaniah Kingsley, sought to make their fortunes by obtaining land and establishing plantations. Others were forced to come to Florida to work on those plantations, 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.

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