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Tabby Ruins in Jacksonville FL
After driving a couple hours on our first DC trip in 2015, my son and I were on our way to the Kingsley Plantation.
It was the third stop scheduled on our Roadtrippers itinerary, but we came across these Tabby Ruins on the way to the plantation.
We didn’t get out to look this time because there wasn’t a place to park so we just drove by really slowly so I could take a picture. At the time, I wasn’t real sure what these ruins were but I thought they were pretty cool.
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About the Tabby Ruins in Jacksonville FL
The Tabby Ruins are located on Fort George Rd, just before the intersection of Palmetto Avenue. There isn’t a driveway or a parking lot, or anywhere to park. You can carefully pull over off the road on the water’s edge.
These ruins are believed to be from a house that was being built for the owner of Fort George Island, Charles Thomson, in 1854. However, Charles passed away in 1855 which resulted in construction being halted. The house sits on top of the McGundo Midden, which can be seen in the woods adjacent to the Thomason tabby house.
Fort George Island Cultural State Park was created in the 1950s to preserve the islands history and became park of the Timucuan Preserve National Park in the 90s.
Second Visit to the Tabby Ruins in Jacksonville FL
The second time we came through here was when we went on our Savannah road trip with my bestie.
She had not been to Kingsley Plantation and since we were passing through the area, we stopped here first.
This time, we did get out of the car and get a closer look. But we respected the ruins and didn’t touch.
We just pulled off the road a little, so we weren’t blocking traffic. Do be careful if you stop here as the ground is muddy off of the side of the road.
We all know what happens when you try to drive through mud. Luckily, our car didn’t get stuck or anything. This was a quick but cool little stop.
This is a cool place to see if you happen to be in the area of Fort George Island in Jacksonville. We actually took a ferry to get to this point the second time around which was something new and adventurous for us all, it was neat.
I’d highly recommend this stop. Have you been there? I’d love to hear what you thought of it. Please drop a few lines in the comments box below and let me know how your visit went.
In the meantime, safe travels!
Written by Kris M.
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