Bartram Park is located on a peninsula formed by Julington and Durbin Creeks, just west of Interstate 95. During the early 1990s, the property was considered as the site for what would become World Golf Village. However, that project ended up in St. Johns County, partially due to the potential of an extensive permitting process.
The community is named after 18th century naturalist William Bartram. Born to Britain's Royal Botanist, John Bartram, William (1739-1823) was the United State's first native-born naturalist. In 1765, William accompanied his father on explorations of the St. Johns River. In 1766, he attempted to operate a 500-acre indigo plantation with six slaves near the present day location of the Shands Bridge. That same year, Bartram abandoned the plantation. In 1773, Bartram embarked on a four year journey across several states, including a trip back down the St. Johns River. When Bartram published his adventures in 1791, the book quickly became an American classic.