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North Florida and New Crew

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November 22, 2017
New Crew
Our friends, Chet and Lynette join us at Fort George Island Marina in Jacksonville, Florida. The original plan is for them to be on board as we continue the journey south through the ICW.  However, poor weather and uncooperative tides/currents cause another change in plans. We decide to wait out the weather and have fun exploring nearby Jacksonville, St. Augustine, Fort George Island, Amelia Island, and Fernandina Beach.

Fort George Island
We spend a day exploring two historic sites on Fort George Island, one of the chain of coastal sea islands reaching from South Carolina to Florida.



Kingsley Plantation
This large national park is one of the few preserved plantations in the state of Florida.  Initially founded in the late 1700’s, and maintained by slave labor, this 1,000-acre plantation grew sea island cotton, indigo, and sugar cane.  Remaining buildings include the main house, kitchen house, barns, and slave cabins.  The main house looks out over the water…