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 forced-labor farm owned by David Levy Yulee. Yulee was an enslaver and a delegate of the Florida Territorial Legislative Council. After Florida became a state, he was elected by the legislature in 1845 to the United States 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 farm of some 5,000 acres (2,000 ha) worked by about 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. The farm supplied confederate soldiers with sugar products and was largely destroyed during the American Civil War.
At the park, the stonework (foundation, well and 40-foot chimney) of the mill, iron gears, a cane press, and some of the other machinery remain. The site was added to the National Register of Historic Places on August 12, 1970.
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  • Great educational place to visit. To stand on this old 1839 sugar mill ground where a thousand slaves worked to create sugar , molasses, & rum... before they were freed.... is just eye opening.... such valid history for ALL.
  • Quiet place .. interesting to see the remaining items.. there's a nice elderly gentleman that sits across the road, he has a lot of knowledge on its history. . I hope you take a minute to say hello to him, he loves telling the history 🥰

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