Mark your calendars for docent training April 15th …
JHS will host another docent training session at the Merrill House from 1:00pm to 3:00pm on Wednesday, April 15.
You are invited to join in the training session and become part of the society’s great volunteer team. We are eagerly seeking new guides who can help interpret the turn-of-the-century lifestyle that is showcased in this elaborately decorated family home that also highlights an era of limited electricity and plumbing. With your help, we will be able to expand the number of days the museum is open to the public. JHS currently schedules tours for groups of six or more and plans to showcase the house every Thursday, beginning in late April of this year. Check us out and bring your friends to the training!
About The James E. Merrill Museum History House
About 1875, James E. Merrill started a small iron works in Jacksonville after learning the black-smithing trade from his father. Known as the Merrill-Stevens Engineering Co. by the late 1880’s, the iron works became one of the largest shipbuilding companies in the South. In 1879 Merrill built or purchased his house at 229 Lafayette Street, just a short walk from his iron works on East Bay Street. The 19th century Eastlake Victorian home is furnished as the Merrills and other middle-class Jacksonville families lived in 1903. The porch posts, brackets, and spindles reflect the Eastlake style. The Merill House was saved from demolition in 2000, by the Jacksonville Historical Society and City of Jacksonville.