As I enjoy a walk among the sugar mill ruins, I imagine the struggles of plantation life in the 1820s. The 150 acres of Bulow Plantation Ruins stand as a monument to the rise and fall of sugar plantations in East Florida.
Bulow Plantation is only 19 miles traveling on US 1 from Daytona Beach. If you are on the “loop” it is only 3 miles off of Dixie Highway.
In 1836, the Second Seminole War swept away the prosperous Bulow Plantation where the Bulow family grew sugar cane, cotton, rice and indigo. Ruins of the former plantation, a sugar mill, a unique spring house, several wells and the crumbling foundations of the plantation house and slave cabins show how volatile the Florida frontier was in the early 19th century.
Today, a scenic walking trail leads visitors to a slave quarter site and the sugar mill ruins, listed on the National Register of Historic Sites. The park has picnic facilities and an interpretive center that tells the plantation's history. A boat ramp provides access for canoes and small powerboats to scenic Bulow Creek, a designated state canoe trail. Anglers can fish from the dock or a boat.
The Friends of Tomoka Basin State Parks offers a chance for you to support this park by serving as a volunteer member or as an officer on the board. The Friends group supports this park with monthly trail maintenance projects and has a host of upcoming programs and events in the works including historical re-enactments, educational and living history programs and much more.