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Kings Ferry Historical Marker Dedication

Feb 23, 2015 02:00AM
The West Nassau Historical Society will dedicate the official state Kings Ferry historical marker on Saturday, March 14, at 10 a.m. at the Kings Ferry Boat Ramp in Nassau County, Florida. The brief ceremony will cap a nearly two-year long project by the all volunteer nonprofit to place a marker at the quiet, yet historic river hamlet. The first draft of the marker text was written after holding meetings with area residents and researching the Revolutionary War-era river crossing of the British-built Kings Road at the St. Marys River. It was one of several gateway points into the British controlled East Florida territory during America's War of Independence.

The second phase included several text-editing and review meetings with the State of Florida and months of fundraising projects and events to pay for the state-sanctioned marker. A wooden directional signpost pointing toward the various locales along the river and road will be erected beside the marker. Historical Society President Emily Baumgartner will preside over the 30-minute ceremony where guests will be welcomed, donors acknowledged, and the marker unveiled.

The Nassau Board of County Commissioners will also be thanked for approving the marker location at the county-maintained boat ramp located at the end of Bill Johnson Road. Other group members will serve light refreshments. The public is invited to attend but are encouraged to bring their lawn chair as seating and parking are limited. The boat ramp will be closed to boaters the morning of the ceremony. Kings Ferry is located at the north end of CR 115A about 13 miles northeast of the town of Hilliard.