Historic Markers Across Florida



Rollestown



Marker ID: FLHM F-7
Location: U.S. 17, east side of St. Johns River, E.Palatka P
County: Putnam
Coordinates: N 29° 37.815    W 081° 35.31
  29.63025    -81.5885
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: None
 



Text:

Site of the colony of Denys Rolle, English philanthropist. The settlement, composed of 200 indentured servants from the streets of London, was founded in 1767. It did not prosper and the settlers scattered. Negro slaves were imported to tend cattle, cultivate citrus and extract turpentine. The colony was abandoned in 1783 when Britain ceded Florida to Spain. Rolle returned to England and the Negroes resettled in the Bahamas.


Notes:

City: Palatka, FL