Take a tour of the James E. Merrill History House! It is a great opportunity to experience cultural turn-of the-century Jacksonville. The 19th century Queen Anne – Eastlake Victorian home is furnished as the Merrill’s and other middle class Jacksonville families lived in 1903. The house exemplifies the Queen Ann style of architecture with a square tower on the southwest corner and an elaborate vergeboard in the north gable. The porch posts, brackets, and spindles reflect the Eastlake style. The Merrill residence is the largest and most architecturally interesting of the nineteenth-century houses remaining in East Jacksonville.
James E. Merrill started a small iron work business in Jacksonville in about 1875. Known as the Merrill-Stevens Engineering Co. by the late 1880s, the iron work became one of the largest shipbuilding companies in the South. Victorian era lifestyle is showcased in this elaborately decorated family home that also highlights a lifestyle of limited electricity and plumbing. The Merill House was saved from demolition in 2000 by the Jacksonville Historical Society and City of Jacksonville.
The tour should last any where from 45 minutes to 2 hours, depending on the group. Due to the size of the rooms, up to 12 people are allowed in a group per tour. Tours will start on the hour and half hour.
If you would like to schedule a private tour or a tour for a different day, please call or email the office (number and email listed above).