historic real estate
When you are caught in the midst of downtown Jacksonville, it is a hard sell to say you are close to the heart of the countryside. However, Jacksonville, Florida might be one of the few metropolitan areas where that is a true and just statement.
The Kingsley Plantation is just one of the many historic sites in Jacksonville. The home was originally built during the mid eighteenth century, long before Florida was under any sort of constant rule. The plantation was proposed to be built by the British, but there was never a single proprietor in mind to run the estate. As a result, the plantation shifted hands more times than the history books care to count. The name of the fine estate comes from one Zephaniah Kingsley, the longest estate holder the plantation ever had. The Kingsley family led the plantation for over 20 years, from 1814 to 1837.
The St. Johns River Ferry runs every 30 minutes between 6am and 7pm to connect Mayport and Ft. George Island. On weekends the ferry is open even later, shuffling residents across the river until just past 8pm in the evening.
The ferry itself is a staple of Jacksonville; dating back decades as a method of helping Jacksonville residents get across town. It is currently operated by the city of Jacksonville and is free to use by any residents who wish to cross the river.
Located in the heart of Jacksonville’s Southside is a tribute to a part of Jacksonville’s history that has often been overlooked. As you explore property sales in Jacksonville, take some time to explore many of the area’s most historic monuments, such as the Fort Caroline Monument at the Timucuan Preserve.
In Downtown Jacksonville there is a large debate going on over the demolition of the Bostwick Building. Located on the corner of Ocean and Bay Street, the Bostwick building has been in the Bostwick family for more than 150 years, and remains in their ownership today.
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