Robert Hope retained title to half of the 6,000-acres he purchased from Witter Cummings' estate and from Alexander Gray and developed Hope Plantation. Like James Hume's neighboring Cypress Grove Plantation, Hope Plantation contained expansive and rich fresh water marshes, cypress swamps, preserves of yellow and white pine and oak lands. A 1780s map shows the plan of formal gardens and buildings at Hope Plantation. Hope invested heavily in buildings, bridges, roads, and thirty-four slaves, for the purpose of "carrying on the lumber and planting businesses to a very great extent...[and for exploiting] cypress trees fit for making canoes of a large size, and for boards and shingles." Also exploited were the abundant "oak and cedar [trees used] for ship building, oak, ash and hickory fit for staves, hoops, oars, carts and other useful purposes and the best of firewood."
Six-Mile Creek where it enters Palmo Cove and the St. Johns River. After Robert Hope and James Hume purchased tracts previously owned by Witter Cumming, Alexander Gray, and William Bartram, they expanded provisions and rice fields and constructed a new wharf where a water depth of eight-feet permitted large schooners to dock with commercial cargo and travelers bound for St. Augustine.
Plat map for Hope Plantation