Bulowville, Bulow Plantation Ruins Historic State Park, Florida, United States

Photograph by Marks Culver

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Bulowville was a large sugarcane plantation and processing mill located to the south of Bunnell, on the Flagler/Volusia country line in Florida. Owned by John Bulow, a wealthy young planter, the plantation was a popular destination for the social elite, with many large parties attracting famous guests including John James Audubon, who visited during Christmas of 1831. John Bulow’s father, Charles Bulow, brought 300 slaves from his plantation near Charleston, South Carolina to what was to become Bulowville Plantation in Florida. The slaves cleared 2,500 acres of the 6,000 acre parcel he had acquired in 1821. Before Charles was able to see the plantation flourish, he died – only three years after he arrived in Florida. His young son, John Joachim inherited the estate and returned from his education in Paris to rebuild Bulowville.

Bulowville prospered until 1835, when Bulow took a stand against the plan to exile the Indians to the West. Bulow’s relationship with the Seminoles was a friendly one – they supplied the plantation with meat. His resistance to the plan led to his imprisonment and troops took over his plantation, transforming it into a military camp. In 1836, the plantation was destroyed by the Seminoles, who thought that Bulow had betrayed them.

I used a Mamiya 645 Pro, 80mm lens, #25 red filter and Ilford HP5 film @ 200 to photograph this scene.


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