A few miles northeast of downtown Jacksonville, Florida, located along the banks of the Ft. George River, is the old Kingsley Plantation. It grew cotton and indigo during the late 18th through the 19th Centuries, and had a slave population that resided in 32 tabby cabins located about 1/8 mile from the plantation's main house and outbuildings. Nowadays some structures have been fully restored, and the remains of most of the tabby cabins are there to be seen. The plantation is expertly maintained and interpreted by the National Park Service. It is accessible by both car and by boat, so there is no excuse not to visit and learn something about a very ugly - but important and defining - chapter in US history.
This is not a political blog so I will only say that one cannot understand the US Constitution, or the Civil War, or certain trends in 21st-Century public policy, without learning about the US's institutionalized ownership of human beings and the exploitation of their labor to produce cheap agricultural goods, thereby building an economy that would not have existed but for all that uncompensated labor. OK, enough: back to the cruising blog that this is:
The Kingsley Plantation is an excellent representation of what most plantations looked like and how they operated, regardless of what crops were grown by any one of them. I have seen more than one plantation, and believe you me, once you have seen one you have seen them all. Make the Kingsley Plantation the one you see. It is by far the most accessible, best maintained, and best interpreted. Even the Park Service's on-site bookstore is outstanding.