Yulee Sugar Mill Ruins Historic State Park

 

July 2012

 

Having a Florida State Park Passport I noticed in the pages Yulee Sugar Mill Ruins Historic State Park and wanted to go check it out. I was going to be spending about a week in Homosassa and this was just one of many places visited on the trip. There is much to see and do in the Crystal River area of Florida. This stop won’t take up more than 30 minutes of your time!

Park Entrance

Park Entrance – don’t blink, you will pass it right by!

Yulee Sugar Mill Ruins

Yulee Sugar Mill Ruins

 

Yulee Sugar Mill Ruins was the site of a 5,100-acre sugar plantation, which operated from 1849 to 1862. Operated by over 1,000 slaves, the mill was abandoned during the Civil War and the plantation house burned. The most imposing feature of the plantation, the sugar mill, was located near the Homosassa River. Still standing today are the steam boiler, crushing machinery, and cooking kettles used to process the sugar cane, as well as the stonework chimney, well and foundation.RuinsA pathway leads visitors around the ruins to interpretive signs that explain how the system worked. Across the street from the ruins, the park’s picnic area features tables, grills, and a pavilion. This is the oldest historic structure remaining in the county. The park is quite small and you must cross the road to get from the parking area to the ruins. In the summer prepare for bugs and in the winter a lot of traffic.

Printing Museum and Cafe

Printing Museum and Cafe

 

Right next door to the park is the Olde Mill House Gallery and Printing Museum & CafeIf you have any experience or interest in history or Letterpress Printing, this is definitely a place you should visit while in the area.

Museum Interior

Museum Interior

This shop has everything from Hand-set lead Foundry Type to a working Linotype and so much more. The museum is a “hands on” operation to! If you have a group and call ahead to make a reservation everyone gets to try their hand at printing! Please do not forget to drop a donation in the box by the window before you leave. But I must not forget to mention that the café has the best Cuban Sandwiches in the area and has won many awards for them! In the cool winter months this place is jamming – their weekly Blues and BBQ events in the garden will have everyone smiling!

Cafe Garden

Cafe Garden

Check them out while visiting Yulee Sugar Mill Ruins State Park, it makes for a fun, educational and filling afternoon!

Cafe

Cafe

 

For more photos from our visit to the Hommosassa area please visit our online photos album at: http://notaclueadventuresphotos.shutterfly.com/pictures/926

 

We also have our photos on Facebook:  Yulee Sugar Mill photos click here and for the Print Museum Click Here

 

For more information on outings with Not a Clue Adventures please visit our website http://www.notaclueadventures.com

 

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About notacluegal

Jeanene was born in Pittsburgh, PA. As a young child her family was very active in the outdoors. Things changed when her parents decided to travel down different paths in life and with that decision so went many of the opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. Being lucky to live in the suburbs Jeanene always had a backyard to play in and loved being outdoors. As the years passed she took every opportunity to be outdoors. She bought land in Tennessee and as a single mom moved her young daughter to the mountains. The were many life lessons learned on that mountain. There was no plumbing on the property – or even a house, but that did not stop her. She learned to live off of what was available and built her own cabin from the trees on her property. Those were rough years but the most rewarding. Now Jeanene resides in Tampa, Fl. and works as an office manager full time….but still yeans to be outdoors. Jeanene started “Not a Clue Adventures” to teach everyone she could how wonderful the outdoors are! That camping and fishing and hiking can be done by everyone and at many different levels. Single mom’s no longer have to be afraid to take their sons and daughters outdoors. By working with young couples, single parents and even seniors, she gets to teach others about her love for the outdoors and hopes to open their eyes to new adventures. In 2009, Jeanene completed certification as a Leave No Trace Instructor. She also works closely with the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF), Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) and the Florida State Parks. Jeanene is also certified in First Aid/Adult CPR.
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