Take an active role in helping to preserve the national park in our own backyard. Thanks to National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA), we have the opportunity to actively make a difference in preserving a rarely visited historic site. Come with us and help us clean up the site. Boat transportation from Biscayne National Park's Dante Fascell Visitor Center is provided to site as well as lunch for the volunteers. There is no dock on site, so volunteers will be wading to shore to begin cleanup.
Lancelot Jones was born and raised in what is now Biscayne National Park. His father, Israel Lafayette Jones, was one of the earliest settlers on Porgy Key. The Jones family grew pineapples in the early 1900’s on Porgy and Totten Keys. They became one of the country’s largest key lime producers. Rather than develop the land in 1970 it was sold to the federal government to become part of the park. Lancelot Jones continued to live on his family’s homestead until 1992 when Hurricane Andrew destroyed his residence. The Jones Family Historic District, including the remains of the former home and farm of Israel Lafayette Jones and his family, is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.