Bulow Plantation Ruins Historic State Park

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Bulow Plantation Ruins Historic State Park
Bulow Plantation Ruins HSP - Ruins.jpg
Sugar mill ruins
Bulow Plantation Ruins Historic State Park is located in Florida
Bulow Plantation Ruins Historic State Park
Location Flagler County, Florida, USA
Nearest city Bunnell, Florida
Coordinates 29°26′10″N 81°08′28″W / 29.43611°N 81.14111°W / 29.43611; -81.14111Coordinates: 29°26′10″N 81°08′28″W / 29.43611°N 81.14111°W / 29.43611; -81.14111
Area 109 acres (44 ha)
Built 1836
Governing body Florida Department of Environmental Protection
NRHP Reference # 70000185[1]

Bulow Plantation Ruins Historic State Park is a Florida State Park in Flagler Beach, Florida. It is three miles west of Flagler Beach on CR 2001, south of SR 100, and contains the ruins of an ante-bellum plantation and its sugar mill, built of coquina sedimentary rock, made up of crushed shells. It was the largest plantation in East Florida.[2]

The plantation was developed beginning in 1821 by Major Charles Wilhelm Bulow, who acquired 4,675 acres on a tidal creek (later Bulow Creek). With slave labor, he cleared 2,200 acres for the cultivation of commodity crops: indigo, cotton, rice, and sugar cane. At his death in 1823, his seventeen-year-old son, John Joachim Bulow inherited the property and managed it. At Christmas 1831 into January 1832, Bulow hosted the artist and naturalist John James Audubon, who explored the area in his continuing study of American birds.[2][3] About that time, Bulow had a sugar mill constructed on his property. The plantation was destroyed in the Seminole War of 1836.[2]

The property and ruins were acquired by the State of Florida in 1945 and dedicated as a State Historic Park in 1957. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places on 29 September 1970.[2]


Among the wildlife of the park are bald eagles, swallow-tailed kites, and Florida manatees.

Recreational activities[edit]

Activities include hiking, fishing, wildlife viewing, canoeing and kayaking, and picnicking. Amenities include a 6.8 mile hiking trail, a boat ramp, and a screened picnic pavilion. Bulow Creek is recognized as a State Canoe Trail. The park's interpretive center features original artifacts and exhibits about the Bulow Plantation.[4]


The park is open between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM Thursday through Monday. Bulow Plantation Ruins Historic State Park is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.



  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Dedication ceremonies for Bulow Plantation Ruins Historic State Park - Bunnell, Florida". Florida Memory Project. Retrieved 13 November 2011. 
  3. ^ The Life of John James Audubon, ed. Lucy Audubon
  4. ^ "Bulow Plantation Ruins Historic State Park". Florida State Parks. Retrieved 13 November 2011. 

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