On Thursday we drove a relatively short distance from Savannah to St. Augustine along our new favorite road US 17 which carried us from the Chesapeake to just north of Jacksonville where we cut east along route 200 to A1A and the coast. The plan was to show Sharon Kingsley plantation, which I had discovered a few years ago when I had some free time while in Jacksonville for Swann galleries. But along the way we had been sidetracked, twice.
The first was Fort King George, a recreation of an early 18th century English outpost designed to assert British claims against the regnant Spanish. In about six years, from 1721 to 1726, one hundred and forty English soldiers gave their lives here, mostly to misery and disease. But the recreated fort was fun to crawl over.
|Pa breaches the fort|
The second was a lunch stop on Jekyll Island. We stopped only long enough to have our picnic lunch and drive around the island which is an historic settlement and resort.
By the time we got down to Jacksonville and the plantation it was a bit late, so we just headed, in rush hour traffic, through Jacksonville and down to St. Augustine.
Friday begins with a housekeeping/laundry day and then we hit the historic city.