Ruins Historic State Park is situated outside of Bunnell, Flagler County in Florida. Several ruined houses is all
from the old complex of the plantation. Bulow estate was
originally constructed in 1821 after Major Charles Wilhelm Bulow
bought 4,675 acres of surrounding lands. Virgin forest was
cleared and estate slaves started to grow cotton, sugar cane,
rice and indigo. Even though the Major Bulow died just two years
later plantation business grew bigger under supervision of
Major's son John Joachim Bulow, who got his education in Paris.
He was a pleasant and hospital man. Famous naturalist John James
Audubon who explored local lands in the late 1931 was invited to
the Bulow Plantation. He described its owner in a private letter
to a friend.
Mr. J.J. Bulow, a
rich planter, at whose home myself and party have been for a
whole week under the most hospitable and welcome treatment is
now erecting some extensive buildings for a sugar house."
In January 1836
Seminole tribes of Native American started attacking settlements
of white colonists, thus starting the Second Seminole War. Bulow
Plantation became one of its victims. Native warrior burned the
structures and stole everything they could carry away including
household items, tools and several African American slaves. John
Bulow left his former residence and moved back to Paris where he
died shortly thereafter at the age of 26. Given that his father
died at the age of 44 it seems he was suffering from some form
of genetic condition (i.e. heart hypertrophy).
Aside of historian significance of the park many tourists also
enjoy hiking, fishing, kayaking, canoeing and of course wildlife
of this tropical forest. Some of the more notable examples of
fauna include bald eagles and Florida manatees. You can rent a
canoe and a kayak or bring your own. Additionaly there are basic
campsites within a park as well as an area for picnics.