Fort Car-o-line (ba ba ba) is located just outside of Jacksonville in what is known as the Timucuan Ecological & Historical Preserve. Having never heard of either of these places before, well, I just had to check them out!
Originally settled in 1564, the Fort Caroline National Memorial recreates one of the first French settlements in these United States.
The preserve and fort are both managed by the National Park Service, which means a nice little visitor center and museum.
I highly recommend not glossing over NPS visitors centers. Many sites can be appreciated because they are beautiful, like this one, but without the historic connection, you’ll never understand why sites like these are worth protecting and preserving.