Located at the southern tip of Jacksonville, this museum is dedicated to promoting Floridian history. Housed inside the ... More
Mandarin Museum & Historical Society
Located at the southern tip of Jacksonville, this museum is dedicated to promoting Floridian history. Housed inside the historic Walter Jones general store it is an example of a one-story, crossroads country store. On display are artifacts detailing the life of Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of Uncle Tom's Cabin, who lived in Mandarin, as well as artifacts and memorabilia recovered from the Maple Leaf, a Union naval ship sunk off Mandarin Point in 1884. Admission is free.
Not much left of old Florida. This site, located within Walter Jones Park on historic and scenic Mandarin Road, does a great job of capturing this past with an original Florida Cracker style house sharing the site with the Museum housed in a reproduction of same.
Also present on the site are original farm sheds, a saw mill, citrus trees, and a boardwalk along the majestic St. Johns River. At the end of the boardwalk is an exit gate to County Dock Road and the 600 foot pier out into the river. Great for fishing and outstanding sunsets (the view is to the west and the river is 3 miles wide here).
Ancient Live Oak trees draped with Spanish moss. Tannin-colored waters of the St. Johns River lapping the trunks of cypress trees along the shore. Timucuans and English and Spanish explorers came by canoe, on foot and by horseback. Civil War soldiers, farmers, citrus growers and their families traveled by boat and by steamship. Today, children jump off the school bus, run along the riverfront boardwalk and race up the path to explore the 1875 homestead.
The City of Jacksonville acquired 10 acres of Major Webb’s original homestead from the descendents of Walter Jones in 1994 for the purpose of creating the city’s first historical park. The property was developed and restored with support from the Florida Communities Trust and city and state grants. The site was dedicated as a City of Jacksonville Landmark and Landmark Site. The park opened to the public in August 2000. The park includes the farmhouse, barn, outbuildings, sawmill, nature trail along a riverfront boardwalk, picnic area and restrooms. The park and farmhouse are handicapped accessible.
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