Once a thriving sugar plantation, the Bulow Plantation Ruins include extensive coquina
ruins of the sugar mill, a spring house, several wells, and the foundations of the manor
house, "Bulowville." Bulow was begun in 1821 by Charles Bulow. By the 1830s his
son operated the plantation with 300 slaves. At that time, Bulow was considered the most
prosperous plantation in East Florida. In December, 1835 the Seminole Indians, angry with
the territorial governments policy of forcible Indian removal, attacked and destroyed
sixteen plantations along the St. Johns and Halifax rivers. This marked the beginning of
the Second Seminole War. Many of the refugees gathered at Bulow Plantation, which was
abandoned and ultimately destroyed in January of 1836.
Approximately 28,000 visitors annually
Bulow Plantation Ruins State Historic Site
P.O. Box 655
Bunnell, Florida 32110
9:00 am until 5:00 pm 365 days a year
CLIMATE, RECOMMENDED CLOTHING
Summer: recommend long pants and sleeves due to ticks and mosquitos. Insect repellant
Winter: clothing appropriate for weather. Closed shoes for hiking.
From the South: I-95 to Highway 100 East to Old Kings Road, turn right at light and go
south 3 miles. From the North: I-95 to Old Dixie Highway south to Old Kings Road, left on
Old Kings Road 2 ½ miles.
Vehicle, bicycle, foot, boat or canoe.
FEES, COSTS, RATES
$2.00 per car.
FACILITIES AND OPPORTUNITIES
Museum and Sugar Mill Ruins.
Trails and Roadways:
2 nature trails - 1/4 mile picnic area to Sugar Mill; 1/8 mile Sugar Mill to Spring
Self-interpreted, talks/tours available upon request.
Lodging and Camping Facilities:
Other Concessions, FPS Managed Visitor Facilities and Opportunities:
Road and Creek.
Contact Tomoka State Park.
RECOMMENDED ACTIVITIES/PARK USE
Bulow Plantation Ruins SHS offers old sugar mill and springhouse ruins which can be
visited. It is also a designated state canoe trail (Bulow Creek). In addition to canoeing,
recommended visitor activities include picnicking, hiking, and birdwatching .
BASIC VISIT RECOMMENDATIONS
Bring insect repellant and plenty of drinks in the summer. Please give prior notice for
Periodic - no set schedule.
Remember that all plants and wildlife in state are protected and should be respected
for future generations to enjoy.
ADJACENT VISITOR ATTRACTIONS
Campground Resort - Concert Area
Tomoka State Park
Rogers at Flagler Beach State Recreation Area
State Parks WWW Site