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National Park Service’s Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve for the Kingsley Heritage Celebration
February 17 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Join the National Park Service’s Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve for the Kingsley Heritage Celebration at Kingsley Plantation on Saturday, Feb. 17. Kingsley Plantation is located at 11676 Palmetto Ave. on Fort George Island.
The event begins at 11:00 a.m. with a kid’s craft corner, archaeology programming from Florida Public Archaeology Network, booths featuring partners such as Gullah Geechee groups and National Parks Conservation Association, open house touring of the Planter’s home, and ranger-guided tours of the tabby cabins entitled “Stories of the Silenced.” At noon, a model lime rick will be lit alongside a tabby-making demonstration. A special collection on loan from the Ritz Theater and Museum of Sweetgrass baskets will be available for viewing during the open house tours. Performances begin at 2:30 p.m. and the luminary program will start at 6:15 p.m. with a sunset reading of the names of those enslaved on Fort George Island.
Emanuel Kingsley, a Kingsley descendant, will be at the event which will feature performances by Kasasaka and Orisirisi African Folklore. Visitors may also tour the site which includes the original planter’s house, kitchen house, barn, and the remains of 25 tabby slave cabins. Come and honor those enslaved at Kingsley Plantation by learning about their artistic expression, skills, and knowledge and the tasks they endured on the Florida frontier.
This event is free and open to the public. For updates about Timucuan Preserve and a full event schedule visit www.nps.gov/timu; or on social media @TimucuanNPS.