Discovering Jacksonville and the Surrounding Area:

Historical Tours


 

 

Patrick Louis Cooney, Ph. D.

 

 

email: plc47@optonline.net

 

This guide presents daytrip destinations within a chronological and historical order to increase enjoyment of the area within a day's drive out and back from Jacksonville, Florida.



TABLE OF CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION

Day Trips by Area


CHAPTER 1.  THE NATURAL HISTORY OF THE AREA


CHAPTER 2.  THE NATIVE AMERICANS

Museum of Science and History

Museum of  Florida History

Lake Jackson Mounds State Archaeological Site

Crystal River Archaeological Site



CHAPTER 3.  THE FOUNDING OF EARLY SETTLEMENTS: SPANISH DOMINATION

Fountain of Youth (St. Augustine)

Huguenot Memorial Park (Jacksonville)

Fort Caroline National Memorial Park (Jacksonville)

Mission Nombre de Dios of Nuestra Senora de la Leche y Parto (Our Nursing Mother of Happy Delivery) (St. Augustine)

San Luis State Archaeological and Historic Site

Castillo de San Marcos National Monument (St. Augustine)

Other St. Augustine Sites



CHAPTER 4.  ENGLISH ACTIVITY IN THE AREA

Darien, Georgia

Fort King George Historic Site (Darien, GA)

St. Simons (near Brunswick, GA)

Horton House Ruins (Jekyll Island)

Fort Mose (St. Augustine area)

Fort Matanzas National Monument (St. Augustine area)



CHAPTER 5.  BRITISH FLORIDA, BEFORE THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION, 1763-1775

Wiregrass Trail

Jessup, Georgia

Fernandina (north of Jacksonville)



CHAPTER 6.  THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR AND AFTERMATH

Battle at Thomas Creek (Jacksonville)

Midway, Georgia

Fort Morris State Park, Sunbury, Georgia



CHAPTER 7. SECOND SPANISH PERIOD, 1783-1821 (including First Seminole War 1810-1818)

Payne's Prairie (Gainesville area)

San Marcos de Apalache State Historic Site (east of Tallahassee)

Fernandina (north of Jacksonville)



CHAPTER 8.  AMERICAN CONTROL: THE TERRITORIAL PERIOD TO STATEHOOD, 1821-1844  (including the Second Seminole War, 1835-1842)

West Central Florida:

Fort Cooper State Park (south of Inverness)

Dade Battlefield State Historic Site

 

Daytona Area:

Bulow Plantation (north of Daytona)

James Ormond Park (near Bulow Plantation)

New Smyrna Sugar Mill Ruins State Historic Site

Addison Blockhouse

Fort Christmas



CHAPTER 9.  PLANTATION LIFE

Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation (St. Simons area)

Butler Plantation (Darien)

Hamilton Plantation (St. Simons)

Kingsley Plantation State Historic Site (Jacksonville)

Stephen Foster State Folk Culture Center (west of Jacksonville)



CHAPTER 10.  CIVIL WAR

Yellow Bluff (Jacksonville)

Fort Clinch (north of Jacksonville on Amelia Island)

David Yulee and Cedar Key (on the Gulf of Mexico)

David Yulee and his Sugar Mill (Homosassa Springs)

Olustee Battlefield State Historic Site (west of Jacksonville)

Museum of Southern History (Jacksonville)

Natural Bridge Battlefield State Historic Site

Black Troops in Georgia: The Sacking of Darien

Jefferson Davis Memorial State Historic Site (near Tifton, Georgia)



CHAPTER 11.  POST CIVIL WAR PERIOD

Harriet Beecher Stowe House (Mandarin section of  Jacksonville)

Robber Baron: Henry Flagler

Pablo Historical Park (Jacksonville Beach area)

Brunswick, Georgia

Jekyll Island (Brunswick, Georgia area)



CHAPTER 12.  MORE MODERN TIMES

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings State Historic Site (Gainesville area)

Zora Neale Hurston (Eatonville, north of Orlando)

The Thomas Hotel (Gainesville)

Mary McLeod Bethune (Daytona)

Earth Mary Magdalene White (Jacksonville)

James Weldon Johnson (Jacksonville)

Camp Blanding and World War II (Gainesville area)

Fort Stewart Museum (Midway, Georgia)

Jacksonville Landing and Downtown Jacksonville


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