I’ve passed the sign so many times heading north on 19 through Citrus County for the Yulee Sugar Mill Ruins and never stopped. I changed that this weekend and found another Florida treasure that you’ll want to visit yourself. It’s the oldest standing historic structure in Citrus County and is an official state park. What is now a state park was once of sugar plantation owned by David Levy Yulee, a native of St Thomas. Operating in the Civil War era is supplied Southern troops with sugar products, but in 1864 Union forces burned the Yulee home down. The mill was left but closed and what you see today is what remains.
It’s a quiet area, a single lane in each direction. If you continue down the road it’s mostly fishing camps, private homes and signs for airboat rides. It’s old Homosassa and quite a step back to very old Florida. If you’re headed to Homosassa Springs the Sugar Mill is right next door on State Road 490, and worth a stop for some quiet contemplation of another era.