Before Florida became the Sunshine State, it was the land of agriculture, forts and many slaves. Kingsley Plantation in Jacksonville is an archeological site where the ghostly remains from a previous plantation site are still standing.
Many slaves used to work in the Kingsley Plantation during the eighteenth and nineteenth century. Unfortunately, there is not much history from the slaves as they were prohibited to keep records in writing.
The Kingsley Plantation includes the slave quarters, barn, waterfront, plantation house, kitchen house, and interpretive garden. A day of exploration at the plantation will transport you back to the late 1800s.
The plantation was run by Zephaniah Kingsley from 1813 until 1839. He allowed slaves to buy their freedom and collect wages during their free time. Though Kingsley Plantation is surrounded by a canopy of oak trees providing a whimsical panoramic view, the beautiful paradise comes with some paranormal activity.
According to Ghost Report, some people have seen the ghost of Old Red Eyes, the spirit of a slave who raped and killed several of the female slaves. Once he was caught by other slaves, they hung him from the oak tree at the entrance of the plantation. Many have seen his red eyes in the rearview mirror while driving down the road.
Once you visit the plantation you will notice the slave quarters and other empty roads. Other people have reported the ghost of a woman in white who sits on the porch of the main house and the ghost of a child by the well.
During dusk, the plantation portrays an eerie look promising some ghost encounters. If you are looking for a spine-chilling experience, this is the place. Admission to the Kingsley Plantation is free daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Address: 11676 Palmetto Ave, Jacksonville, FL 32226
Hours: Daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. except on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Years Day.
Why you need to go: You will step into the past when you explore these haunting corridors.