Royal Historic Tours

Community Of Royal

The People Kept Their Land



State Issued Historic Marker


Royal Citizens...

Reverend Matthew Beard, 115 years young at death

Mother Polly Wideman, 109 years young at death

Mother Peggy Olivia Davis, 103 years young at death

Community of Royal


Presently, we are not offering our physical tours.
Book a '40 Acres & A Mule Experience' tour.
Or, book a tour and dine experience.
Tour only: $5 per; Tour & breakfast: $15 per; Tour & Lunch: $20 per. Menu, available.
Reservations required @ 352-748-0260


Royal is one of Florida's oldest African American communities; 5 miles west of Wildwood. Our ‘40 Acres & A Mule Tour’ will ensure that one of Florida's oldest African American Communities, founded by former slaves from the Old Green Plantation located near the Withlacoochee River, when slavery was abolished in 1865, is not engulfed, nor enslaved by present new development or its rich heritage vanished from the State of Florida historic landscape. One uniqueness is that Royal is made up of 40 Acres & 80 Acres parcels held from General Sherman's 40 Acres & A Mule rule # 15.

Tours are available of this beautiful community's rich history and heritage to groups and interested persons (minimum of 5).

Alonzo A. Young, Sr. Enrichment & Historical Center, a Governor's Point Of Light Project, Royal Park, 9569 County Road 235, Wildwood (Royal), FL 34785.

For more information visit:

Part 1 of the Florida Crossroads Documentary Florida’s Black Heritage Trail : The Central Florida Region features the Community Of Royal, one of Florida's oldest African American communities where the freed slaves' descendants still own their 40 Acres & A Mule.

The documentary is archived.
To view - Florida’s Black Heritage Trail: The Central Florida Region visit

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Steele's, our Founder, Book Release

Community of Royal, one of Florida's oldest African American communities.  Formed in 1865 by freed slaves; the people kept their 40 to 80 acres of land.

Available on Amazon and AmazonSmile.  Purchase via AmazonSmile, choose Young Performing Artists, Inc. as your charity; Amazon will donate to Young Performing Artists (YPAs), Inc.

Also, Steele is donating a minimum of 10% of sales back to- Young Performing Artists (YPAs), Inc.!

Read this interesting and rare Civil War African American History.     352-748-0260