|Yulee Sugar Mill Ruins Historical State Park|
in Citrus County, West Central Florida.
The oldest standing historic structure
in Citrus County.
|Located in Homosassa, Florida|
|This park is the|
National Gold Medal Winner
for Florida State Parks; and is listed on
National Register of Historic Places.
|Open 365 days a year, no entrance fee,|
animals and park property are protected.
David Levy Yulee arrived in the territory of Florida from from his homeland of St. Thomas in 1817 at the age of 7-years-old with his "prosperous" business-man father,
Yulee, at age 9, attended a private school in Virginia and later "read law" in St. Augustine. He became a member of Florida's first constitution convention in 1838-39 and was elected a a territorial delegate to the Congress in 1841.
Yulee moved to his 5,100-acre plantation near the Homosassa River called Margarita; built Florida's first railroad that ran from Fernandina Beach to Cedar Key.
Yulee's mill served as a supplier of sugar products for Southern troops during the Civil War.
A Union naval force burned Yulee's home to the ground in May 1864. Yulee was accused of treason and was imprisoned briefly. Ulysses Grant ordered he be freed; at which time he resumed his railroad interests. Yulee died in New York in 1886.