Historic Sugar Mill Ruins - Janet Bellacera




Ormond Scenic Loop & Trail

     I'm a sucker for scenic highways, overlooks, and drives especially when that drive is not only packed with beautiful scenery, but historic stops along the way.  While visiting Tomoka State Park (check out that blog right here!) a couple of weeks ago I decided I needed to check out some of the sites around the area.  Little did I know, but the Ormond Scenic Loop & Trail was right outside of the State Park's gates on Old Dixie Hwy.  This highway stretches over 30 miles, on a 2 lane road, covered in hundred year old oak trees, the winding, serene, casual road takes you along some of the most beautiful scenery in the area.  As you make your way around the various landscapes you are also rewarded with several historic areas to explore.

Dummitt Sugar Mill Ruins

2 Miles North of Tomoka State Park on Old Dixie Hwy.

Ormond Beach , FL 32174

Fee:  Free


Bulow Plantation Ruins Historic State Park

3501 Old Kings Rd.

Flagler Beach, FL 32136

Fee:  $4.00 per car


Bulow Creek State Park

3351 Old Dixie Hwy.

Ormond Beach, FL 32174

Fee:  Free


Dummitt Sugar Mill Ruins

     As we exited Tomoka State Park in search of other cool places to visit, the very first stop was the Dummett Sugar Mill Ruins.  As you drive along Old Dixie Highway, be sure to keep an eye out for this tiny little pull off about 2 miles north of the park entrance on the right.  Here stands the ruins of a sugar and rum mill built in 1825, the park is very small, and the actaual ruins are behind a chain link fence in an attempt to preserve what is left of the mill.  What makes this mill even more interesting is that this mill is also known to be the first steam-powered cane crushing mill in the area.   Since this is the only thing in this park, once you are done taking in what is left of the 1800's sugar mill, you are free to hop in the car and continue on your adventure.


Bulow Creek State Park

     At Bulow Creek State Park the center of attention is a massive, majestic, Live Oak tree that is said to be over 400 years old.  The Fairchild Oak was named in 1955 in honor of Dr. David Fairchild, a world famous botanist who was very fond of the tree.  This tree has survived countless wars, hurricanes, fires and droughts and remains as a silent witness to Florida's history.  With a trunk over 30 feet in circumference and tree canopy spreading over 200 feet wide, this oak tree stands as a symbol of perseverance and resilience to us all.  While the exact age of this stately tree has never been confirmed by tree specialist, it is said to be one of the oldest in the South covering over 4 centuries of our history.

     If you're up to a good long hike...you can hike the 6.8 mile Bulow Woods Trail to Bulow Plantation Ruins, or one of the smaller trails that take you to the interior parts of this special park.       

Check out how tiny my daughter looks standing under the tree!


Bulow Plantation Ruins Historic State Park

     We were not sure we could do the 6.8 mile hike so we hopped in the car and headed north.  Bulow Plantation Ruins Historic State Park is a 150 acre sugar mill built in 1821.  Using slave labor Major Charles Wilhelm Bulow cleared 2,200 acres of land and planted sugar cane, cotton, rice and indigo soon after the plantation was established Major Bulow passed away leaving his son John to continue the operations of the sugar mill and planation.  In 1836 the Second Seminole War broke out and the mill, plantation, and fields were burned to the ground.  Today, all that is left are the coquina ruins of the mill, a springhouse, several mills and the crumbling foundation of the plantation.  The once prosperous fields have been taken over by the forest much like it was when the land belonged to the Timucuan Indians hundreds of years ago.  The State Park has done a wonderful job creating a walkway around the ruins with interpertaive displays that tell the story and life of the ruins.

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