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El Destino Plantation

The Nuttall and Jones Families

El Destino was first owned by John Nuttall, a wealthy resident of Virginia and later of North Carolina. He presumably purchased the land as a frontier speculation in 1828. In that same year, John sent his son, William B. Nuttall, to operate the plantation. He took with him fifty-two slaves, thirty-two of whom were rated as working hands. Those slaves were property of John and James, another son of John’s. The profits from the plantation were to be divided between the father and two sons.

Overseer's House at El Destino
Overseer's House at El Destino
Picture from Library of Congress, formatted by K.T.

Location of El Destino
El Destino was located in western Jefferson County at what is now Nuttall Rise. It extended into Leon County, Florida by 6 miles and 3 miles south of the W.G. Ponder Plantation.

Map of Ponder Plantation
Map of Ponder Plantation Location

The land to become El Destino was purchased from the U.S. government in 1828. In 1832 William B. Nuttall bought El Destino from his father’s estate for $17,000. Nutall died leaving the property to his widow, Mary Savage Nuttall. Mary Nuttall would inherit slaves from her uncle, William Savage. To employ these slaves, Hector Braden, a friend of William’s, sold Mary the Chemonie Plantation 6 miles north of El Destino. On May 18, 1840 George Noble Jones married Mary Savage Nuttall and purchased El Destino.

Plantation House
A large beautiful home, it was destroyed by fire in 1925.
Plantation Map

About The Owners
John Nuttall was a wealthy planter from Virginia and later North Carolina.
William B. Nuttall, son of John Nuttall. William had a law office in Tallahassee and was a speculator in Florida lands and bank stocks. John died from a stroke on April 20, 1836.

George Noble Jones married Mary Nuttall and purchased El Destino, as well as Chemonie Plantation in Leon County. That plantation was located on the Leon County/Jefferson County line and bordered Evergreen Hills Plantation on the west and bordered a tip of Tuscawilla Plantation on the north.
Map of Chemonie Plantation Location
Map of Chemonie Plantation Location

George was well acquainted with plantation management having managed a plantation in Jefferson County owned by his mother and two aunts. Jones would inherit part of this plantation as well as a home in Newport, Rhode Island, considerable wharf and mercantile property in Savannah, Georgia, and bank stock and other investments. Jones would become an absentee planter preferring to spend his winter months in Savannah and the summer months in Newport.

Kingscote Mansion (c. 1890)
in Newport, R.I. was originally built in 1849 by Richard Upjohn
as a summer residence for George Noble Jones
Picture from Library of Congress, formatted by K.T.

The overseer of El Destino was D.N. Moxley


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