This isn’t the grand Greek Revival Tara-style mansion of the movies; it’s much more reflective of the majority of Southern plantations with a modest Georgian four-square style house and slave quarters built from tabby. Tabby is found all over coastal Georgia and Florida and up into South Carolina. It’s a concrete material made by mixing sand, water, lime (from burning oyster shells), ash (from the fire used to burn the shells) and whole oyster shells. The Kingsleys were an offbeat and fascinating bunch. Zephaniah Kingsley was born in England in 1765, moving with his parents to Charleston, SC at age 5. The Kingsleys were Loyalists and moved to Canada during the American Revolution. Zephaniah moved to Florida—then controlled by Spain, not the United States—in 1803 and acquired land around Doctor’s Inlet south of Jacksonville, purchasing slaves to work the land. One of those slaves was Anta Majigeen Ndiaye, a native of Senegal bought by Kingsley at the slave market in Havana, Cuba. Kingsley eventually married Anna (an English version of her name), liberated her and made her a partner in his businesses, even setting her up with her own farm and her own slaves. After Florida was transferred to the United States, the Kingsleys—who had several children—were afraid that growing racism threatened their children, so they moved to Haiti, which had recently become a free black republic. Though Zephaniah died in 1843, Anna returned to Jacksonville after the Civil War, in 1865, and died there in 1870. The property itself is beautiful, overlooking the Fort George River, and it makes a fascinating and peaceful day trip.