04.03.2018 - 04.06.2018
Had a great trip down. It kept getting warmer through each state, just the way it should. Stopped for a nice lunch at a Farmers Market in SC.
Checked into our motel and after a good night's sleep we got down to business.
Met Scott's sister Julie for dinner at St. John's Town Center.
Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve
Thursday was our exploring day.
Fort Caroline Huguenot Fort
The fort was in a nature preserve right on the St. John's river. Built by French Huguenots in 1564. I was surprised at how much history is in this area. I knew about the Spanish and St. Augustine but didn't realize the role of the French Huguenots earlier and the British later. For those that don't know, my heritage is French Huguenot. My ancestor landed in Jamestown, VA in 1700.
An early Florida plantation that was only mildly successful. The family turned to an early tourism effort and built two clubs on Fort George Island. The first was next to the plantation house. The house is interesting because it was originally just the center two rooms with the four corner rooms that were only accessible from the porches. It was built this way so that every room could catch the river breezes.
The slave buildings were made from Tabby - aka oyster shell concrete.
Ribault Club and St George Church
The Ribault club was the other club. It is a beautiful building that has been lovingly maintained. It is also right not he St. John's.
There is also an historic Episcopal church on Fort George Island that dates to later when the British had thrown everyone else out and claimed the area.
Huguenot Memorial State Park
This state park is basically just a big sand spit that you can drive out onto and is a big kite surfing area.
Little Talbot Island
Last we went to Little Talbot Island. It's part of the state park and is a barrier island that is mostly reserved for wild habitat but there are a few places to walk out to the ocean. You can't swim though because the currents around the area are very violent.
Dinner with Julie at the Sandollar
Finally, we hooked up with Julie again for dinner at a great fish house on the St. John's across from Mayport. We watched the ferry, the huge cargo ships that come up the St. John's headed for Jacksonville, and looked across to the pretty lighthouse.
And then it was time to relax. Explored Jax Beach and just hung out. There was a Blues festival at the pavilion and live music in a lot of bars. Cadeau hung with us all day like a champ. She got a treat because we forgot her food so she had "Beef Chunks in Gravy" from Walgreens. Ha! She never gets that stuff. Must have been like an outing to McDonalds for us.
And today it was off to the next stop, Redington Beach. Stay tuned!