Have lunch at the Farmery Bakery and Bodega in the Springfield neighborhood. It's also a great place to stock up on some snacks or homemade meals for your stay, purchase locally harvested tea, spices, rice or beans, or have some famous homemade lemonade. The shop is run by mother-daughter duo Ashante Green and Andrea Bryant-Smith, both of whom are of Gullah Geechee heritage and infuse the culture into their cooking.
After lunch, head to the Cosmo area of Jacksonville. This area was established after the Civil War by newly-freed Black families from coastal Florida, Georgia and South Carolina and became one of Jacksonville’s Gullah Geeche neighborhoods. One of the first members of the Cosmo community was Easter Bartley, who was born on Kingsley Plantation.
Visit Freedom Park to learn more about the history of the area. Freedom Park is Jacksonville’s first public area to recognize Gullah Geechee history and the existing community in the city.
The next stop on this itinerary is Strawberry Plantation/Clifton (Sammis) Cemetery. This historic cemetery is the Sammis Family Cemetery, who are descendants of Anna Madgigine Jai Kingsley and her husband Zephaniah Kingsley, who owned Kingsley Plantation on the northside of Jacksonville.
Have dinner at Silkie’s Chicken and Champagne Bar. Silkie’s is a black owned, upscale casual concept created by Chef Kenny & Anna Gilbert, highlighting Chef Kenny's signature fried chicken, biscuits and champagne cocktails.
If you’re up for some nightlife, check out De Real Ting for some Caribbean vibes before heading back to the hotel.