Flagler Beach, FL

These Florida Ruins are in a State Park with One of the Largest Live Oaks in the South, the Fairchild Oak

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Ruins hold a special fascination for many people. They make us think of ancient times when people long ago stood in the exact same spot that we are now standing. For many, thinking of time and space in this way is awe-inspiring.

When many people think of ruins, they think of places like Greece, Mexico, Egypt, and Chile. It may surprise you to know that Florida has its own ruins. Many are quite interesting, and the Bulow Plantation ruins are among them.

The History of the Ruins and the State Park They're On (Which is Open to the Public:) According to Florida State Parks, when you visit the ruins today, you'll find the coquina remains of an old sugar mill and engine house inside of a state park that you can tour.

Back when these ruins housed structures that were still producing goods, sugarcane, cotton, rice, and indigo were grown there. However, in 1836, many structures were burned to the ground during the Second Seminole War.

Today, the standing ruins and their chimneys can be seen when one walks around the beautiful one-way walking trails in Bulow Plantation Ruins Historic State Park.

As engaging as the walking trail and ruins are, there are other activities one can do at this state park, including hiking, fishing, canoeing, and kayaking (since there are boat ramps.) There is also wildlife and picnic areas.

That Huge, Fairchild Live Oak: There are many reasons to visit the state park and ruins, but the Fairchild Oak may arguably be one of the more popular reasons. The old, sprawling live oak is thought to be around 400 years old, according to Florida State Parks. But what makes it so unique is its size. It is said to be among the largest live oaks in the south.

The Rumors of Hauntings: The ruins are listed on Haunted Places.org, as there are rumors that the ruins are haunted because of a Native American curse placed during the Second Seminole War. Allegedly, witnesses have reported sightings of shadows in the trees, and a dark figure that may give chase. There are also some who believe that the Fairchild Oak is haunted.

The park and ruins are located at 3501 Old Kings Road in Flagler Beach. The cost is $4 per vehicle for admission, but the park is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, so it would be a good idea to call before visiting.

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