Yulee Sugar Mill Ruins Historic State Park, Crystal River

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Yulee Sugar Mill Ruins Historic State Park is a Florida State Park located in Homosassa, off U.S. 19. It contains the ruins of a sugar plantation owned by David Levy Yulee. Yulee was a delegate of the Florida Territorial Legislative Council. After Florida became a state, he was elected by the legislature in 1845 to the US Senate, becoming the first American of Jewish heritage to serve there. After Florida seceded from the Union, Yulee served in the Confederate Congress. He is credited with having developed a network of railroads that tremendously boosted the state's economy.
At Homosassa, Yulee established a sugarcane plantation, which was destroyed during the American Civil War. The original plantation covered more than, and was worked by approximately 1,000 enslaved African Americans. They raised sugarcane, citrus, and cotton. The large mill (which was steam-driven) ran from 1851 to 1864. It produced sugar, syrup and molasses, the latter used in making rum.
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  • This is an easy to miss historical site and one should check it out if they are visiting Homosassa Springs, Wildlife Park. It is right across the street. This old sugar mill ran for years before...  more »
  • An interesting piece of history trivia with some remnants of a historic sugar mill. Nice to walk around and read the signs describing what went on there and why the ruins are significant. No restrooms.
  • Fascinating remembrance of a former world. This old plantation is still pretty well preserved given its age. There is no cost to visit and dogs are welcome making this a very friendly rest stop or destination for dog walkers and explorers. Local amenities offer food, merchandise, or anything else you could imagine. Not much in the form of a busy attraction, but well worth the 30 minute visit. Nearby Crystal River Park offers a full days activities if looking for a longer visit.

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