Dunlawton Sugar Mill Gardens and Ponce Inlet Lighthouse

Dunlawton plantation and sugar  mill was a north Florida sugar plantation destroyed by Seminole Indians at the beginning of the Second Seminole War.  Its located in what is now Port Orange Florida along the Atlantic coast.  The ruins are now part of Dunlawton Sugar Mill Gardens, a botanical garden which was once part of Bongoland an early theme park built in 1948.

Dunlawton Sugar Mill Gardens

Sugar kettles from the early 19th century

Our girls beneath the Confederate Oak

Ponce Inlet Lighthouse was built at Ponce de Leon Inlet near Daytona Beach.  At 175 feet it is the tallest lighthouse in Florida and one of the tallest lighthouses in the US.  Built in 1887 it replaced the Mosquito Inlet lighthouse built in 1835 and damaged by Seminoles during the Second Seminole War.  Frequent shipwrecks eventually necessitated the new state of the art structure.  The tower and 3 keepers dwellings have been restored and are open 7 days a week.  Its a good climb to the top.


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