The history of how the sugar mills became abandoned started with the Seminole raid. The raid destroyed crops and the factory, equipment and barrels of drying syrup. The raid was initiated by the Seminoles, but the slaves who were working for the plantation at the time aided the Seminoles, resulting in current state of abandonment.
Defeated, Cruger and dePeyster moved the salvageable equipment, including the crusher, to the Dunlawton Plantation. With the Cruger-dePeyster Plantation destroyed and the sugar industry left in ruins, the burned out hulk of the factory sat vacant.
When I visited the ruins, I didn’t really expect much. But after reading the historical facts that has been placed around the site, it does remind me of the days of conflict that took hundreds of lives.