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Kingsley Heritage Celebration

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The National Park Service cordially invites you to the Kingsley Heritage Celebration to remember and celebrate the rich history of Kingsley Plantation and the many people who helped shape it.

On February 15 and 22, Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve, a unit of the National Park Service, will host Kingsley Heritage Celebration at Kingsley Plantation. This special event is held every year to celebrate African heritage and remember the enslaved that lived here. This year, Kingsley Heritage Celebration is part of a year of programming marking the 400th anniversary of when the first enslaved Africans were forcibly brought to English-occupied North America.

On February 22, a living history timeline will transport visitors through the history of Fort George Island. Take an interactive trip through the past, starting with the Spanish Mission San Juan del Puerto; on to the British Fort St. George; the Plantation era; and into the Roaring Twenties. Families can try their hands at candle-making, writing with quill and ink, and much more. “These interactive demonstrations are a great way for families to learn together,” said Superintendent Chris Hughes. Musket firing demonstrations will also occur throughout the day.

Also on February 22, historic St. George Episcopal Church on Fort George Island is hosting their annual BBQ lunch (11 AM – 2 PM). Founded in 1877, the church is located on Fort George Road along the way to Kingsley Plantation. Visit their website to learn about their activities and lunch prices.

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