The Three Chimneys Site
The Three Chimneys Site represents the ruins of the oldest sugar mill and rum distillery in Florida, and possibly all of North America. In 1764, King George III granted the land to Richard Oswald, a Scotsman.
The next year 50 slaves and an overseer walked from St. Augustine to clear land and plant sugarcane in what is now Ormond Beach. In 1766 Oswald established a plantation on the newly cleared site to produce rum and sugar. The site is a key reminder of agricultural and industrial life in Florida during its time as a British colony from 1763-1783. It also tells the tragic story of sugar plantation slavery in Florida and the Circum-Caribbean region.