Saturday, January 11, 2014

Bulow Plantation Ruins State Park

Tucked away a few miles from A1A and I95 in Flagler Beach is what is left of the Bulow Sugar Plantation.
Beach road to the ruins is narrow
 Now a historic state park, the 150 acres contains the ruins of the former plantation where the Bulow family grew sugar cane, cotton, rice and indigo.
Put the camera away and let's walk!
 The plantation was destroyed in 1836 in the Second Seminole War.  A walking trail leads to the sugar mill ruins, listed on the National Register of Historic Sites and the park has picnic facilities and an interpretive center that tells the plantation's history.  There is a boat ramp for access to the Bulow Creek, a designated state canoe trail and fishing is available.

This was a pleasant way to spend an hour or so in the afternoon but since I try to keep Grace away from the water (alligators, you know), it's really not much more than an hour of adventure.  The trail from the parking area to the ruins is about 1/2 mile.  Grace and I chose to walk but you can actually drive to the ruin site if you want.  Can you imagine stirring big vats of boiling sugar in the hot, humid Florida summers?

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