Wednesday, February 27, 2013
|Coquina Quarry, Flagler County|
|Quarried coquina boulders|
In colonial times, many structures were built out of the abundant coquina stone in Flagler, Volusia and St. Johns Counties. Joseph Hernendez's Mala Compra Plantation house at Bing's Landing, Flagler County, was built of coquina stone as were buildings and foundations at the Turnbull Plantation in New Smyrna. Sugar mills in and around Flagler, Ormond, Daytona and New Smyrna Beaches were constructed with large blocks of coquina. Is it possible to determine where the coquina stone was quarried and how it was moved to the construction sites before gas powered trucks were invented?
|A walk in the woods|
Recently several of my friends accompanied me on a walk through the northern reaches of the Bulow Plantation in Flagler County to observe some coquina outcroppings and water- filled coquina quarries.
|Headwaters of Bulow Creek|
|Some "friendly" inhabitants of the quarries|
|Vein of coquina at the surface|
I have a theory that Bulow obtained his coquina building materials from a coquina vein close to Bulow Creek and that he floated the quarried blocks south on rafts to his sugar mill site. Is it possible to support this theory by comparing the color of the coquina stone with coquina still in the ground? Coquina from different quarries has a range of colors from white to red. What are your thoughts on this question? And does anyone know of any work already done to source coquina from quarries? Any comments on this question would be appreciated and acknowledged.
Text by Toni Wallace, FPAN staff
Photos by Joyce Peterson