NOTE: Addison Blockhouse Historic State Park is not yet open to the public.
Beneath a dense canopy of cabbage palms and live oaks, the remains of a 19th century plantation rise from the forest floor. John Addison acquired this hammock along the Tomoka River in 1806 for a cotton plantation.
Location: Ormond Beach
Fees: Not yet open
After John Addison sold the property, it was converted by the next owners, the McRaes, to grow sugar cane. But the plantation and its sugar mill were destroyed by a Seminole raiding party in 1836 – just like nearby Bulow Plantation – despite a garrison of the Carolina Miltia on the property.
Abandoned by its owners, the remains of the tabby (oyster shell and lime) buildings vanished beneath the leafy green understory, but the blockhouse – created from an outdoor kitchen – was added to in the 1920s.
Efforts are underway to preserve the remaining buildings and ruins for public viewing. Addison was buried on the property after his death, but due to vandalism, his tombstone was moved near the visitor center in Tomoka State Park in the 1970s.