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The Forgotten Village of Silvertown

Silvertown was a curious real estate development, appearing on the 1887 LeBaron Map of Jacksonville as a small rectangular subdivision immediately to the west of Riverside, which at that time ended at Barrs Street. The most unusual aspect of Silvertown was that it was bisected by a swamp, which separated the east and west portions […]

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Red Bank Plantation, an enduring symbol of the Old South

On February 4th, 1939, Rose Shepherd, a writer with the Federal Writer’s Project (an economic recovery program that paid writers to record oral histories during the Great Depression), sat down with Mrs. Thomas Ellington, a kindergarten teacher whose “considerable personal inheritance” had enabled her to purchase one of Jacksonville’s oldest residences, the Red Bank Plantation. […]

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Martha Reed Mitchell: Putting the D in Doyenne

A doyenne is a woman considered to be the senior, or most prominent, member of a group. In the highest social echelons of late nineteenth-century Jacksonville, that woman was Martha Reed Mitchell, a tall, well-built woman with brilliant blue eyes who lived largely, built largely, and left one of Jacksonville’s most lasting legacies. According to […]

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Jacksonville’s own Blue Angels

At the end of World War II, Adm. Chester W. Nimitz, the Chief of Naval Operations, ordered the formation of a flight demonstration team to keep the public interested in Naval Aviation and boost Navy morale. Lt. Cmdr. Roy “Butch” Voris, a veteran flying ace with eight air victories to his credit, was chosen as […]

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Riverside Baptist Church

In the 1920s, Addison Mizner was the best known and most-discussed architect in America. Perhaps more than any other architect of his day, Addison Cairns Mizner shaped the architectural flavor of South Florida. Although he lacked formal training as an architect, Mizner’s eclectic reinterpretations of Spanish architecture, as showcased in such famous buildings as the […]

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Merrill Museum House Tours!

Experience Jacksonville at the turn of the 20th century! The James E. Merrill House, a fully furnished home, depicts life in  Jacksonville in 1903. The best kept example of 19th century Queen Anne – Eastlake Victorian home is furnished as the Merrill’s and other middle class Jacksonville families would have lived at that time. This house, […]

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Join us Oct. 24th for Chills and Thrills!

On Friday October 24, 2014, the Jacksonville Historical Society will stage the second annual Halloween Party in the Casket Factory, following up on its 2013 success as the greatest Halloween party in Jacksonville’s history. It will take place once again at the Casket Factory, a mysterious old brick building on the edge of downtown. It […]

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Spotlight: Henrietta Dozier

Born in Fernandina Beach, Henrietta C. Dozier graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1899 with an advanced degree in architecture. She was one of only three women in the class of 176 students, and she was the only one to graduate. After working in Atlanta for thirteen years, Henrietta C. Dozier moved her […]

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Charting Jacksonville’s Seaport History

Join us for September 26, 2013 for a presentation by Alan Bliss, PhD., who will chart Jacksonville’s Seaport History. As a riverport, a seaport, and a Navy town, the sea has defined Jacksonville over centuries. At the University of North Florida, Dr. Alan Bliss teaches maritime history emphasizing Jacksonville’s experience. In this presentation, he will show […]

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Gingerbread Extravaganza

Jacksonville’s beloved holiday tradition returns December 4th. The Gingerbread Extravaganza showcases gigantic gingerbread confections and benefits the children’s programs of the Jacksonville Historical Society. The event will be open from December 4th through December 21st, and will be held at Old St. Andrews, located across the street from Veterans Memorial Arena. For more information about […]

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